When Hiding Hurts
“For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah”
There is safety in confessing sin.
“That is going to be stolen.”
My sister was referring to the small bag I left in my car parked outside of her Chicago condo. She knew that leaving valuables in plain sight was not safe.
The most common way people protect their possessions is by concealing them; the more hidden, the better. Unfortunately, all too often we treat our sins the same way. We hide and conceal our transgressions thinking that hiding them makes us safe. But that is a lie. The more we try to hide our sin from God, the less safe we are.
To many, confession seems dangerous. It leaves us feeling vulnerable and unsafe. But God knows true safety is only found in him. And so, the Holy Spirit prompts us to confess because God loves to hear humble words from a broken people in desperate need of him. To God, confession is a worshipful prose that offers him the glory he is due.
Because of Jesus, we don’t have to be afraid. We need not fear exposure. We can confess our sins to God because the wrath they deserve has already been extinguished. Jesus carried the burden and shame of our sin. He sets us free to uncover our sin and bring it to the cross. Hiding may feel safe, but it actually hurts. Christians are a people who in faith brave confession and discover the cleansing and comforting power of the God who paid the ultimate price for our forgiveness. God adopts us into his family; and it is only in the arms of our Heavenly Father that we can finally enjoy what it means to be completely safe.
- What keeps you from confessing your sins to God?
- What specific sins would God have you confess to him?
- How would your relationships look different as a result of your confession to God?
Heavenly Father, I confess that I live as though you are not enough. I have not turned to you for strength, peace, hope, and __________. I have not sought your wisdom but that of the world around me. I have not trusted your Word fully and instead I turn to other things and people for safety, significance, and satisfaction. I confess that I have sinned in these specific ways: _____________________. I confess that I forget the promises and blessings you have generously offered me. Instead, I focus on what I do not have, what I think is owed me, or how life would be better. Forgive me. Help me to love you, trust you, and follow you. Thank you for Jesus, who died on the cross and rose from the dead so that I can be forgiven and brought back to you. Help me to remember. Give me courage to confess rather than conceal my sins. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1