The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
I heard a story about a young teen who had been uprooted by his parents to move from a small town to a farm way out in the boondocks of Alabama where they lived in an old home with no indoor plumbing. For the first time in his life he was experiencing life with an outhouse. The outhouse stood by a creek behind their cabin. One day, the boy, whose name was Billy Bob was out in the yard and temptation overcame him. He ran as fast as he could and hit the outdoor restroom facility so hard that it toppled into the rushing creek. He thought he heard a scream but ignored it and ran away hiding his guilt.
Later that evening when it was time for supper, Billy Bob’s dad did not show up. The family had waited about an hour when the front door came crashing in. There stood Billy Bob’s dad, soaked from head to toe and seething with anger. Billy Bob suddenly realized that his dad had been inside the outhouse when it toppled into the creek. Billy Bob wasn’t going to rat himself out, but his dad looked at him and said, “Boy! We’re going to the woodshed for a whoopin’! I saw you through the cracks in the wall!” Billy Bob had been “Busted!”
When Moses was commanding the people of Israel to fulfill their end of the agreement God had made with them, he stated the following words, “But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.”
Just as Billy Bob’s dad saw his son’s hidden sin, be assured that no sin you or I commit is hidden from our Heavenly Father. We tend to think, “God is so busy, he doesn’t have time to see everything I do.”
But understand this, God is the ultimate multitasker.
There is nothing we do that is hidden from his sight and he is hurt by each sin we commit. It is funny how we all think that if we can hide our dark deeds from others, somehow God won’t know. How foolish we are to believe that.
Understand this, when Jesus Christ went to the cross, he knew and died for every sin in the past, present or future, even the hidden ones, that you and I ever committed. He still loved us in spite of those sins. Therefore, we should never even try to hide a single act from God’s sight. We only kid ourselves when we do. 1 John 1 warns us against saying that we have no sin. When we do, we lie to ourselves and to God. John says that we even make God out to be a liar.
So, verse nine he tells us to do something: “CONFESS YOUR SIN!” But confession brings a blessing: “FORGIVENSS AND PURIFICATION”
This Sunday I will share a message that has my heart based on 2 Samuel 11 & 12 and Psalm 51 titled “BUSTED.” We will look at the hidden sin of the Greatest King Israel ever had and see how God brought it to light and dealt with the King’s guilt. You and I may find some help in dealing with those sins we think are covered up. We will approach it with some fun and humor but, will also find some powerful insight to the lives we once thought were hidden. I hope to see you there.