Scripture for today: Psalm 32:5
I heard a story about a man who sent this note to the Internal Revenue Service:
Enclosed, find a check for $2,500. I’ve cheated on my income tax return the last two years, failing to pay the full amount. If I continue to feel guilty and miss sleep, I will send the remainder of what I owe.
Like that guy, we often avoid making full restitution for our mistakes. Modeling Adam and Eve, we’re prone to hide out, live in shame, and blame someone else rather than own and confess our sins. We erode spiritually, and sometimes physically, ignoring the escape hatch that God provides.
Take, for example, David and his sexual misconduct with Bathsheba. As John Phillips writes in his commentary “Exploring the Psalms: Volume One,” “For the best part of a year,” after committing adultery and murder, “David put up a bold front and tried to brazen it, haunted at night, haughty by day.” Finally, conviction got the better of him and David got right with God, then writing, “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ And You forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5).
If good guilt, triggered by hidden transgressions, is bearing down on your soul, confess your sin to God and receive forgiveness that only He can provide.