He who conceals his sins does not prosper,
but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
This verse reminded me of an old song by Blindside on their second CD called “Caught a Glimpse.” Specifically, it reminded me of the chorus:
“I’m a vampire, I’m a vampire / I’m afraid the light will set me on fire”
So many times we conceal ourselves out of shame. We’re ashamed because we engage in sin that we know we shouldn’t engage in. The crazy thing is that we are surprized by this! But, let us be honest with ourselves; let me be honest with you: I am not Jesus. I am human. That is not an excuse, and certainly no license to sin (Romans 6:1-4), but it is true. As a human, I am born into sin. Living a righteous life, and battling sin, is a daily struggle for me, as it is for you. The object of your sin may be different from mine, but, at its core, it is the same. Sin is sin. So, the question becomes, why do we hold onto it? What does it profit us?
According to life experience, and more importantly according to scripture, it profits us NOTHING. That is unless you include heartache, stress, and shame weighing you down a good thing. That leaves us with a problem that is in need of a solution.
I think Proverbs spells it out pretty well: (1) confession, and (2) renunciation. First, we confess that there is an issue before God, and hopefully before trusted Christian friends who can then hold us accountable. Secondly, we acknowledge that these are not our soul’s desires and that God is, assuming that is true. From there, we repent, turn around, and pursue God. In this we find mercy, forgiveness, love, hope. I don’t know about you, but I need a little (well, maybe a lot) of hope to hold onto in a world where hope seems to be in short supply and desperation runs rampant. I need it in the core of who I am, I need it for strength, and sorry… but people alone just don’t do it for me. I need something better; that “something” is Christ! Blessed be He!
run out of the darkness
step into His glorious light
leave behind all your shame
receive His unending mercy
find joy and contentment
be refined be renewed
rest in His arms