The fight was over quickly. Was it a fight? What do you call one guy pummeling another guy face with his fists? It doesn’t matter since fighting is what it said on the signed confession he carried home from school. He had to get a parent signature. Or does he? The idea grew in his mind until it overcame him. The forgery looked like the real thing and the teacher never knew the difference. Well, until a week later when the teacher discovered a scrap sheet of paper he had been practicing on. Rookie mistake, leaving evidence behind like that. If only he hadn’t tried to hide the fight from his parents.
We know hiding things to try to get out of trouble rarely works, but we still try it! It started in the beginning with the first man and the first woman. They ate the forbidden fruit and then tried to hide from God. As if God wouldn’t notice the only two people on the planet were missing. Nice try guys.
We are still doing that though, we instinctively try to hide whatever it is we’re ashamed of. We want to cover up our sin, our hurts, our doubt. We pretend to be braver than we are, we hide our fear. We pretend to have it all together, cause everyone else seems to have it all together, but really we’re falling apart. We don’t want to show our faults and weaknesses so we hide them. We think we’re finding protection, but really we’re finding imprisonment. By hiding our faults, wrongs or hurts we are ensuring that they will stick around, poisoning our lives and locking us in a prison of fear we will be found out.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
- What are some of the things you try to hide outside of the eyes of your friends, family or God?
- Have you ever tried to cover something up and then been caught? What do you think would have happened if you just came clean?
PRAY: Lord, reveal the things I hide and give me the courage to not run from them, but to face them.
Proverbs 28:13 (TPT) If you cover up your sin you’ll never do well.
But if you confess your sins and forsake them,
you will be kissed by mercy.
1 John 1:5-10 (NLT) This is the message we heard from Jesus[c] and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
1 John 2:1-6 (NLT) My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
3 And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. 4 If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. 5 But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.