Imagine walking down a dark slippery road. You cannot see where you are going or coming from and everything you try to hold onto is slimy. You are alone and afraid. You don’t know where you are but are sure of this one thing: You are lost and cannot find your way.
If you have never been lost you may never truly understand forgiveness. When you have been brought up in church all your life and then you listen to testimonies of people that had gone down the slippery slope of destruction and have been rescued, you can be tempted to think: Now, those people were really lost!
Some stories are shocking yet not really uncommon in our day. Some years ago, a man has an adulterous affair and then murders his wife and their unborn baby and tries to cover it up by lying about everything. I don’t know if he realized that he was lost and needed help but this takes me to a different story of one man who commits adultery, then lies about it, and then tries to cover up his sin by killing another; and then keeps silent about it hoping it will just go away on its own.
In his silence, this man lives in misery as written here:
3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer. – Psalm 32: 3-4 NIV.
Then a prophet shows up with a story that angers him yet exposing his hypocrisy (2 Samuel 12:1-10 NIV) And suddenly the man, King David, realizes that he is lost: 13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Once he acknowledges he is lost and confesses his guilt, he is forgiven and the burden of his guilt is lifted. Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. (2 Samuel 12:13 NIV)
From David’s experience, we learn that we cannot rule over any sin that we do not confess. If we keep silent with sin, it will steal our joy, position and freedom. Our silence with sin will sap our energy and cause us to waste away.
King David knew what it felt like to be lost and also knew what it is to be forgiven. Do you?
1 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the LORD does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit. – Psalm 32:1-2 NIV
God bless you and please let us know if you need prayer.