Then Saul admitted to Samuel, “Yes, I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the Lord’s command, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded.” – 1 Samuel 15:24 NLT
It is important to recognize and repent from our sin, but if we ever want victory over it, we have to know why we sin.
The easy answer is that we sin because we are sinners. But easy answers, while true, rarely go deep enough to help us overcome. The easy answer is insidious because it simultaneously releases us from responsibility and keeps us in perpetual guilt. If the reason why we sin is that we are sinners, we can never get away from that, so why try? But the reality is every sin brings guilt. It’s a catch-22.
Instead of settling for the easy answer, be brave enough to go under the surface and identify your sin. When Saul said, “I was afraid of the people,” he reveals that he cared more about what people wanted than what God wanted. He pinpointed his sin.
When we pinpoint our sin, we know what to confess to God and others. The more we confess as particular sin, the more weary our spirit grows of it, and the more likely we are to walk away from it.
So, reject the easy answer. Go deeper, and then trust God’s healing.