Since the beginning of time, it is has been mankind’s tendency to hide when a wrong is committed. It is in our nature to want to conceal our mistakes, our shortcomings and faults. Take Adam and Eve, for example. Soon after eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, both Adam and Eve were quick to hide their exposed nakedness.
Shame and guilt can have an overwhelmingly negative impact on our walk and relationship with God. But what if we were to embrace them, and boldly approach the throne of God to expose ourselves? Jesus taught of two men that went up to the temple to pray. It wasn’t the devout Pharisee that went home justified, rather it was the seemingly dishonourable tax collector that beat his chest crying out, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner’. When we expose our shame and guilt, Jesus reveals Himself to extend His grace and mercy.
It is important to remember that we serve a God that confronts our sin with one goal in mind - to restore our souls. The woman caught in adultery was exposed by her accusers in an effort to humiliate her, and to trap Jesus, but how wonderful it is to know that our Redeemer answers to no man and freely gives His mercy to whomever comes to His feet.
Sometimes, it is God Himself that comes to meet us right where we are. As she drew water from the well, Jesus not only exposed the Samaritan woman’s past, but made a revelatory declaration to her that would change the course of her life forever. In spite of her painful past, it was she who came face to face with the long awaited Messiah.
We know that from King David’s lowest point in life was born Psalm 51, a powerful prayer of repentance that we have all come to know and love. David confessed his hidden sin because he knew there was much more to lose out on if he didn’t. How beautiful it is to know that a broken and contrite heart, He does not despise. The God who searches all hearts and knows every intent of our thoughts is waiting for us to expose ourselves so He can reveal Himself as our Redeemer.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.