Watchman: Daily Devotional, The Act of Confessing One’s Sins I Prayed to the Lord, Who Is My God, and I Confessed What I Had Done (Dan. 9:4). Confession Results in Forgiveness and Preserves the Integrity of God’s Character

Daily Devotional: Confessing your sins indicates that you agree with God that you have offended His holy character, are deserving of punishment, and require forgiveness. That is exactly what Daniel does in verses 5-16. “I was speaking and praying, and admitting my fault and the sin of my people Israel, and bringing my supplication before the Lord my God,” verse 20 says. Unlike some who face God’s chastisement, Daniel did not shift blame for Israel’s disaster. Instead, he recognized that his people had deliberately disregarded God’s Word and neglected His prophets, bringing wrath on themselves. They were once a God-blessed nation; now they were immigrants and captives in a foreign place. God had followed through on His vow to condemn them if they disobeyed Him (Deut. 28:15). Daniel examines the repercussions of Israel’s transgression in lines 12-15, including her imprisonment…

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