When it comes to sin, we can either run away from or run to Jesus… and have it covered by forgiveness. I’ve tried both. I prefer having them covered by the blood of Jesus Christ! A cover-up apart from the Lord does not work. He can’t be fooled. There is no running away from God. Period. Why try? Futility is such a colossal waste of time and energy.
Why not come to the One, the only One, who can take care of our sins. Cover them. Covered, never to be heard of again. At least not in His eyes, being the only ones that count in the end. Psalm 32–‘Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered'(verse 1). The psalmist goes on to describe how when he kept silent about his many sins, when he ran away from ‘facing the music’ with his Lord, that his ‘bones wasted away…all day long'(verse 3).
Treating our own sins through a variety of means–excessive alcohol, drugs, money-grubbing, sexual adventures, whatever it may be–leads down a dead-end path. Run for cover to the Son of God. Not away from our responsibility but to the One with the ability to wash away our sins. When my wife and I go to an Oregon Christian Conference Center in the summer, one of the events scheduled is the sandcastle competition. Many families come up with creative sand designs based on a theme from the Bible teaching of the week. Some are small and simple designs, others large and elaborate. What’s true for all the dozens of sandcastles, big or small, is that when the tide comes in all of them are completely covered by the salt water and washed away by the movement of the tide and waves.
All our sins when covered by the blood of Jesus, from ‘little white lies’ to heinous, unthinkable shameful evil, all of them, placed sincerely and sorrowfully at the feet of Jesus, are washed away once and for all. Can you imagine? Can any of us do that on our own?
Run to Jesus. Run for your life. Run for eternal life. Then you can say: ‘Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart'(Psalm 32: 11). Me? You? Upright…righteous? Yes, by the blood of Jesus, who covers us completely, fully and forever. Wow!
Prayer: Lord, how can we ever thank you for all the love you’ve shown to us. All the forgiveness, all the kindness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.