“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” - Proverbs 28:13
Human beings have attempted to hide personal sin since the moment The Fall took place (Genesis 3:8). As we see recorded in the Old Testament, one of the first things Adam and Eve did after they disobeyed God was attempt to hide from Him. When we assume that our sin can be hidden, we are fooling ourselves. Even though we can hide certain things from others, we cannot hide anything from God. The New Testament book of Hebrews says this:
“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” - Hebrews 4:13
Even if we conceal our sin from those around us, God sees as plain as day what we are hiding from others. It is of no benefit for a child of God to try and cover up their sin. As a matter of fact, not only is there no benefit, it hurts us and those around us when we live unconcerned about the sin in our lives. David, who was referred to as a man after God's own heart, knew better than anyone that keeping quiet about his iniquity didn't exactly work out for him. He wrote this in Psalm 32:
“When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer.” - Psalm 32:3-4
When David refused to get honest with God about his sin, he experienced heavy conviction that ended up causing him to be miserable. In fact, the reality is, the most miserable people on earth are followers of Jesus who refuse to respond to God’s loving conviction about personal sin.
Freedom begins when we are fully transparent, and when we are fully transparent, we experience God’s mercy. This is what Scripture promises. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it. Nothing ever grows in the darkness, and the longer things stay hidden, the greater damage it does. When you cry out to Him, you will discover that He’s always been there, loves you, and extends His mercy to you.
Because of our flesh, we all have a tendency to attempt to conceal. In light of this, there is a lesson we must recognize as followers of Jesus: when we choose sin, we are not getting away with something; we are missing a deeper relationship with Someone. God desires for us to walk in His freedom, not weighed down with sin in our hearts. When we win, we miss out on what He desires for us until we confess and renounce it.
In conclusion, take some time to read and reflect on the following questions:
- Is there anything you are trying to hide from God? See Psalm 32:5
What areas of your life have remained “hidden” from others but have never been hidden from God?See Proverbs 5:21; Proverbs 15:3
- Have you embraced God’s desire to show you mercy and furthermore help you? See 2 Chronicles 16:9