If we have done things in the past that we are not proud of, it’s okay. God forgives us, but even if we confess our sins to God and we still feel bad about them, then say a prayer about it. If it makes us feel better, we can even defend ourselves a little bit. “Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence” (Isaiah 43:26).
In all cases, if we end our argument with you should forgive me Lord because I believe in Jesus, and you said that you would completely forget about my wrongs if I believed in your Son, then rest assure with that. God forgives us. Even if we don’t review the past and find any innocence there, God will still forgive us if we believe in Jesus Christ. So, in that, we can let go of our guilt and live free.
The Lord is an honest God. He doesn’t lie, and there is a passage in the Bible where he basically says if there was another God out there besides me, I would tell you: “You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one” (Isaiah 44:8).
God is good. When we begin to pray to the Lord, when we read the Bible in the hope that we will learn more about him, when we give him the benefit of the doubt in faith, he will make us his own. He will make our land prosper: “Joy and gladness will be found in her (the land), thanksgiving and the sound of singing” (Isaiah 51:3).
For all of us who feel like we have been held captive by our own homes because of debt or other circumstances, in Jesus, we have hope. “The cowering prisoners will soon be set free: they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread” (Isaiah:51:14).
And for those who thought it was great to see us low and miserable, as prisoners . . . well, the tables will be turned. “See, I have taken out of your hand the cup that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink again. I will put it into the hands of your tormentors, who said to you, ‘Fall prostrate that we may walk over you.’ And you made your back like the ground, like a street to be walked over” (Isaiah 51:22-23).
And if it wasn’t sweet enough to be free from the pain of our oppressors, the Lord still takes it a step further. He will also give us his Spirit to improve our lives. “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live” (Isaiah 55:1-3).