We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
Maybe we haven't given much thought to what it would take to remove our sins. It seems like once we've failed, or once our shortcomings have become evident, there is nothing that can really compensate for them. And yet we know the guilt and pain that come from continuing as we have in the past.
In God's eyes, our sins and shortcomings are very important. He can't just pretend that sin is all right. He knows the human suffering that results and longs to free us by removing the guilt and sin. Let's take a moment to consider what he went through in order to remove our shortcomings. "He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all" (Isaiah 53:3-6).
Removing our sins was, and still is, very important to God. It cost him a great deal to purchase the gift of forgiveness, which he offers freely to us. It is a humbling experience to ponder what it took for God to be able to remove our shortcomings. How can we resist such love?
Since God has already overcome our shortcomings, we can approach him with both humility and confidence.