An Oregon man recently pleaded guilty to bank robbery. When asked why he committed the crime, he explained that he had just finished watching the documentary called “Inside Job” which detailed the 2008 financial crisis in America. This documentary is about leaders of high finance and government who were accused of selling the world into its global, financial crisis.

The show caused him to be angry and frustrated, and he reacted by driving to a local bank and handing the teller a note demanding all of her money, no marked bills, and no die pack. He then, immediately drove to the police station, confessed, and turned in the $425.00. This reaction based on anger was taken very seriously, and the thief now faces up to 20 years in prison.

Granted, he did do the right thing after he committed the crime by turning himself in to authorities; however, it will still cost him about two decades in prison. As I thought about that story, I thought about our lives. Many of us have fallen and blown it in numerous ways. We have acted and reacted in ways that result in shame and maybe even pretty severe consequences.  Sometimes what we really need is an “Inside Job.”

We need big strings pulled in order to get ourselves out of a jam. Scripture tells us that after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba, he went to God and asked for forgiveness. He asked, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). And God did just that!

Remember, we all need an inside job from time to time. Call out to God today.

Have a Blessed Day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D