“And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty;”
Three times in this chapter you will find the phrase, “sin through ignorance.” There are times when God’s people do wrong, but they don’t know they are doing wrong when they commit it. It is interesting that though they didn’t know they were doing wrong, the moment they understood their wrong they were to get it right.
Getting right with the LORD is the key to having sweet fellowship with Him. We can often think that because the believer sins that God breaks fellowship with us, but you always have to realize that God isn’t the One who moved; the one who broke the fellowship was the believer when they chose to leave God’s side to commit sin. Restoring fellowship with God is simply the act of the believer going back to God’s side, the place where sin caused them to leave. The verse above reveals several observations about how the believer can restore fellowship with God.
First, sin always breaks fellowship with God. How does a person know that they had sinned through ignorance? They will know they have sinned because something is wrong. You always know when you have done wrong. The fact that you didn’t know it was wrong is not the issue; the issue is that the broken fellowship reveals you did something wrong. If you are truly a child of God, you will know when you do wrong because your fellowship with God won’t be right. The broken fellowship with God always reveals the sin in your life.
Second, you will never restore fellowship with God when you give excuses for your sin. You will notice in the verse above that the people didn’t use the excuse that they didn’t know better, but they admitted their sin against God. You will never restore fellowship with God until you stop giving excuses as to why you sinned. Using the excuse that you didn’t know better doesn’t take away the fact that you sinned. Most likely, you knew better before you sinned. If you are saved, the Holy Spirit lives inside you, and He will convict you that what you are about to do is wrong. If a “saved” person has no conviction about sin when they are about to commit it, maybe they are not truly saved because the Holy Spirit will let God’s children know when something is wrong. If you want to restore fellowship with God, stop giving excuses as to why you did wrong and admit your sin.
Third, confession is the only way the believer can restore fellowship with God. Sin never affects the believer’s status of their salvation, but it always affects the quality of the believer’s fellowship with God. If you want to remove the sin that has strained your fellowship with God, there must come a point when you confess your sin to God and admit that you were wrong. Fellowship will never be restored with God until you admit what you have done is wrong. 1 John 1:9 reminds us of this when it says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
My friend, God is more eager to restore the broken fellowship than you are. Don’t go another minute with a strained relationship with God. Deal with the sin that has strained your fellowship with God so you can enjoy the sweet relationship with Him that you once had.