Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. ~Psalm 32:1
Why Would We Try To Cover Our Sin? Why did Adam and Eve take to the bushes and start sewing fig leaf fashions? No matter how sin may present itself … with bright lights and laughter … that’s not how it leaves us afterward.
Sin makes us feel dirty. In writing to the seven churches, John describes those who have fallen into sin as having soiled their clothes (Revelation 3:4), while those who are faithful are wearing white clean clothes. The truth is that everyone has felt the sting of shame and guilt, the residue of sin in our own hearts.
Sin makes us feel diseased. In an interesting description of sin, Isaiah says, “From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness —only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with olive oil” (Isaiah 1:6). The reality of what sin does to us is vividly before us at all times. Open the newspaper. Watch cable news. Spend some time with so-called reality TV. Just look into your own heart. Have you ever felt that there must be something wrong with you? You’re not the only one who has been distressed at your seeming inability to overcome even the simplest of bad habits.
Sin makes us feel defeated. How hard have you tried to stop eating unhealthy foods? Lay down those cigarettes? Get rid of that booze? Turn off the porn? Let go of the anger? Pay off the debt? When we try to better ourselves without God’s help, we know the feeling of defeat. Even with God’s available help, we often do not avail ourselves of the strength He offers. When we keep turning back to our sin we re-live Peter’s plain spoken proverbs. “Of them the proverbs are true: ‘A dog returns to its vomit,’ and, ‘A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud’ (2 Peter 2:22). The inability to abandon sin on our own is a profound reality.
Sin makes us feel deserted. Isaiah 59:1-2 says, “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from
your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” If you feel alone in your battle against sin, it is not because you are. When we are far away from God it is because we wandered away. He is waiting for us….He hasn’t moved. But sin can make us feel all alone.
When take the veneer off of the promises of the Enemy, we can see that sin doesn’t deliver what it promises. Giving in to our temptations does not bring us joy or contentment after all. So, we do our best to cope – and engage in any number of ways to try to cover our sin.
In the next post we will look at some ways that we try to cover up our sin. Thanks for reading. Below are some Kindle finds!
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