I hate shoveling the steps and sidewalk. There’s nothing appealing about it. It’s cold. It’s tiring. It’s dangerous when icy. It seems easiest to just let it go…until you slip and fall on your head! Falling flat on your back is far worse.
Sin works the same way. Everyday we fall short of living as we should. Like cold, freezing rain, sin falls upon the the surface of our hearts and leaves a cold, icy layer over everything. God’s word invites us to get out the shovel to scrape and melt the ice away daily. God’s outrageous love melts our sin away as we confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness.
“If we say we have no sin we are liars. But if we confess our sins to God, he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from unrighteousness.”
Still, it often seems easier to take our chances, carefully tip-toeing around the hidden sins in our life hoping for the best. Honestly, facing our sin is a cold, uncomfortable exercise. It’s about as pleasant as scraping your windshield in 40 below windchill weather. Yet, when we let sin remain in our life we are only setting ourselves up for an eventual fall. And falling is always more painful in the end.
“What joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone” (Psalm 32:1-5).
May we keep short accounts with God this new year and bring our sins before the mercy of our savior daily. Let the fire of his forgiving, redeeming, restoring love keep your heart free from sin’s icy grip!
In his grace,