Have you ever been engaged in sin but refused to admit it to yourself or to God? We sometimes rationalize our sin, or make excuses for it, or pretend that it’s not a big deal. This is a very dangerous game. Unacknowledged, unforgiven sin in our lives will lead to feelings of guilt. Unresolved guilt is a powerful force that can have a devastating effect on your life.
Listen to the experience of David when he refused to acknowledge his sin. “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 NASB) What did David experience when he kept silent about his sin? He suffered severe physical and emotional consequences. The Lord’s hand was pressing heavily upon him, and it was causing his body to waste away and become weak. It was causing him to groan all day long. I am convinced that the Lord pressed His hand down upon David out of love for his soul—to try to get his attention and to get him to confess his sins and turn away from them before it was too late.
It is interesting to note how sin can also have such a profound effect on our bodies. Of course, it would be incorrect to think that anytime we have physical ailments it is because we have sinned. This is clearly not true. But if we are practicing sin and refusing to acknowledge it to the Lord, physical and emotional anguish can certainly come as a result.
What do we need to do? Instead of justifying, excusing, or hiding our sin, we need to admit it to God. We need to come to Him and confess our wrongdoing. Sometimes this is not easy, but it will bring peace and joy back into our lives. It will be a great relief to us. As David says, “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 NASB)
Let us confess our sins to God and rejoice in the fact that they are covered by the blood of Jesus our Lord.