Lenten Devotional 2021 - Day Thirty
THE PROBLEM WITH SILENCE
Blessed Tuesday, Family and Friends! Did you know that there is a decisive difference between silence and rest… between silence and peace? It is these distinctions that the psalmist highlights in Psalm 32:3-4. He lets’ us know that like the surface of sea waters that appear to be calm, our surface (the face we present to the world) often hides the contrary currents… the divergent undertows of our silent sins beneath.
Although we rarely show it, each of us has and will contend with the undercurrents of fear, doubt, misdeeds, and the infractions we commit in violation of God’s law for our lives. In instances, where we allow our sins to go unacknowledged… our iniquities to be disavowed, they produce an undercurrent, an undertow in our spirits that silently threaten our safety. “How so?” you may ask. It is because the force of sin… unconfessed sin threatens to draw us further and further away from right relationship… the peace and protection of being in holy communion with God. It is our choice to maintain sin silence with God that subjects us to the needless pressures we experience both from within, as we wrestle with guilt, and from without, as the corrective hand of God weighs on us.
Let Us not equate our sin silence with true peace. Let Us not needlessly endure iniquity’s subtle, subversive tug on our souls, to pull us away from the Lord. For we know what to do to break sin's hold. God’s word reminds us, in I John 1:9, that “If we confess our sins, He [the Lord] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”