Church Message

You Can’t Hide Your Sins from God
By Pastor Stuppy

Church sponsors2 24apr14Church message imageThere are those who contend that a child learns more in the first five or six years of their life than they do the rest of their life. During these early years a child learns to walk, talk, read, and do many other things. Sad to say, a child not only learns good things in those early years. The sinful nature children inherited from their parents quickly makes itself known in sinful deeds.

One of the sinful actions we pick up very early is to try to escape responsibility for our sins. I recall how this took place as our children grew up. It went something like this:

You hear something break in the other room. You ask, "OK, what happened?" You immediately get the response, "Nothing." "Don't tell me that nothing happened. I heard it", you respond. Then you hear the words, "John did it." Since John was only two, he couldn’t defend himself so he became the scapegoat. We like to put the blame for our sinful deeds on someone or something else. It is much easier than taking the blame ourselves.

If we can't shift the blame for our deeds, we often try to hide them or cover them up. We may try to pretend that nothing happened. We may make up excuses or in some other way defend them. To some extent, we may be successful in our attempts. No one may ever know that we have cheated on our taxes or taken a few items from work because we figured no one would know. Someone may have an extra-marital affair, take drugs, get an abortion, or do any one of a number of things contrary to God's Word, and no one may be the wiser. We may attempt to silence our conscience with all sorts of ways.

In the end however we need to realize that there is always one who sees, one who knows all. The Lord not only sees what we do, He knows the thoughts of our mind and the feelings of our heart. There is nothing we do that we doesn’t see.

The psalmist David, after committing adultery and murder, tried to hide his sin. The result was that he was miserable. He says, "When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me, my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer" (Psalm 32). For a full year, David carried around the burden of unconfessed sin. Finally, after being admonished by the Prophet Nathan, David confessed his sin openly to God.

David tells us how he felt once this was done. "Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him." "I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.... and you forgave the guilty of my sin."

There is no greater comfort for the troubled conscience than to know that all is well and all our sins are forgiven. Don't hide your sins or shift blame for them to others. Confess them to God. Take them to the foot of the cross and be assured they are forgiven.


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