August 30, 2021

Trust God to Forgive

Ha! You who hide a plan too deep for the Lord, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?”
Isaiah 29:15
A lot of people live as if there is no God. Indeed, many people don't believe God exists. But there are probably just as many people who do believe in God, but seem to think that they are successfully hiding their wrongdoing from God. How often do we hear about clergy—sometimes famous, sometimes obscure—who are caught in hypocrisy. They are caught in the very acts they are known to condemn. Perhaps they think their public opposition cancels out their private indulgence. And for every preacher, pastor, or priest who seems to think they're hiding their actions from God, there are probably ten more lay Christians who do the same thing.

Sin is a problem, obviously. But the root of some of this sin is actually mistrust. We can't trust a God we think does not really know us. And even worse, we can't trust in a God we believe won't forgive us. Letting God's light shine on us, coming clean before God, and trusting in God to forgive us: This is what's necessary. If we would overcome our dependencies, our difficulties, our sins, the first step is to trust God enough to go through the trial with us.

Everything exposed by the light becomes visible.
 Ephesians 5:13
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
You see me, God. Help me to trust you to love me through it all. You know my sins. Help me to trust you to forgive.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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