The problem with hiding or covering our sin is guilt. Guilt is an acid that eats away at our conscience. David tried to keep his transgression a secret but his conscience was torturing him day and night. He wasn’t sleeping, he was losing weight and his vitality was drained. He was sick physically, emotionally and spiritually and it all stemmed from his sin. David was unhealthy, unhappy and unholy and the guilt he felt for taking an innocent man’s life weighed heavy upon him. Humans were not designed to carry such loads of guilt. I drive a mid-size pick up; it has a hauling capacity of 1,500 pounds. You can put more on it than it is designed to handle but if you do, it will eventually break the truck down. We are not designed to carry guilt. The best thing we can do when we sin, is get rid of the sin and guilt as soon as possible and we do this through repentance and confession. After stealing a man’s wife and then taking his life, David tried to pretend that everything was fine and this went on for almost two years.
Three scriptures come to mind:
- Psalm 38:4…For my iniquities are gone over my head; As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.
- Psalm 55:22…Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
- Psalm 68:19…Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation.
We have an epidemic of flu. I thought perhaps we had seen the worse of it but no so, hundreds of students across the county were sent home from school yesterday. I think I will be 100% today but I stayed in yesterday just in case. I don’t have the flu. I had some kind of stomach bug. I will be glad to get back into circulation.