Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Bible Verse of the Day: “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” -Genesis 3:8
It is much better to reveal your sin than try to ignore it, but human nature is to try and hide from our sinful ways. In the garden, after Adam and Eve had sinned and eaten the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, their immediate response was to try and hide from God. “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” Genesis 3:7 Well, not much has changed in the last 2,000 years. We are still trying our best to hide our sin from God, but it is impossible. Deep in our souls we know this to be true. We justify our sin through comparison, by saying something like “it’s not that bad,” or “at least I am not like them.” When we try to hide our sin, we are only deceiving ourselves and ultimately we make our situation much worse. When we try to just throw a little dirt over it and cover it up and leave it by the side of the road, our sin never gets resolved inside of us. It can fester in our souls for years and do immeasurable harm to our lives and the plans that God has for them. How much better would it be if we would just bring it before a loving and merciful God and repent of it? That way we could be unencumbered and He could start the cathartic work in our souls of dealing with the root problem of that sin. It can be painful and uncomfortable to be naked in our sin before the Lord, but the alternative of trying to hide out from Him who knows it all already is so much worse.
Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to run to you with our sin instead of trying to hide it from you and run away. That only leads to more pain, and unresolved guilt which can literally kill us from the inside out. We pray for the strength to admit our mistakes and ask you to help us. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!