Honesty: Silence Is Not Always Golden
Coming Into the Light
“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)
I know I need to be revived, to be brought into more intimate fellowship with God, but I can’t get past the realization of my need to seek Him and to humble myself. There seems to be a wall there between me and God.
Finding the answer requires a certain understanding of God.
“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek Him…” (Psalm 24:3-6)
God’s call to seek Him comes with the command to be honest.
Maybe you’ve heard it described as:
We’ve all been there. Hiding, covering up, or even denying we have done wrong. Refusing to acknowledge the truth of what God says about our sin. Sin leads to silence.
David describes his own experience in Psalm 32.
“Blessed [happy] is the man against whom the LORD counts not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
How did God respond when David was finally willing to uncover his sin? He forgave. Then came relief, joy, and happiness!
Silence keeps us guilty, but honesty is liberating.
So why do we choose to stay hidden in the darkness of our sinful past or even in the darkness of our present sin? Could the reason be:
The reality is that many of our Christian brothers and sisters are struggling with similar sins. Who will be the first to come forward and admit their weakness—to lead the way to freedom, fullness, and the fruitfulness that comes from getting honest with God and others by confessing our sin?
Oh Father, how am I deceiving myself? Even the act of recognizing sin, acknowledging it, and forsaking it—this is beyond my ability. I need You to shine the light of Your Word onto my life. I need You to open my eyes. I am ready and willing, Lord, to be honest with You—to let the roof off and to take the walls down. I am ready and willing, Lord, to cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light! (Romans 13:12)
Let's ask God to shine the light of His Word onto our lives and open our eyes, and let's get honest with Him about our sin. How will you seek Him this week?
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