It happened again today. This time it occurred in Florida. Who knows where it will happen next time.
I have to be honest; these things both fascinate and frighten me. The very least you can conclude about them is that they prove things are not always what they appear to be.
I’m talking about sinkholes. You know, those gaping gashes in the earth that just open up and swallow things up…things like cars, houses and even people.
The worst time to think about sinkholes is when you find yourself in one.
The most common cause of these things is erosion under the surface. To be more specific, sinkholes are caused by erosion just under the surface. The damage begins in a very “out of sight” place and slowly progresses from there. Obviously no one would build a road on ground they knew wasn’t solid. Just as certainly, no one would voluntarily drive their car over ground that they suspected wasn’t secure. The problem is that from the surface you just can’t see what’s underneath. Until you fall in, that is, and that doesn’t happen until it’s too late.
And so it is with people.
Unfortunately, people are not always what they appear to be either. Most people put no small amount of effort into giving the appearance to others that all is well. We do this while being fully aware that under the surface we know problems are developing. Rather than just admit things aren’t as good as they appear, it’s easier to let people think whatever they want to think. Until it’s too late.
While it is water under the surface that causes physical sinkholes, it is unconfessed sin that is usually the culprit that creates spiritual sinkholes. Whenever we are dishonest with ourselves, with others, and most importantly with God regarding the truth of what’s happening in our heart, our character begins to slowly erode away. It’s such a slow and subtle process that most of the time we’re not even consciously paying attention to the destruction that is occurring. We do this until the problem can’t be hidden any longer. And that’s about the time the bottom falls out. By that time it’s just too late (and pointless) to try to hide it.
King David understood all too well how this destructive process progressed. He had every intention of hiding his sin (with Bathsheba) from everyone, most specifically God. How did it work out for him? Let’s eavesdrop on a conversation between him and God.
“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.” Psalm 32:3-4
In other words… a sinkhole was developing. He knew he wasn’t being honest. He knew what was inside wasn’t consistent with the appearance he presented on the outside. He knew it was only a matter of time until it all came crashing in. He decided to confess.
The great news is the damage of secret sin can be reversed by the power of confession!
Listen to what he said next:
“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:5
Did you catch it? David confessed and God forgave. Confession followed by forgiveness. This is how it works. Confession fills in the gaps that sin creates! Confession eliminates the power of erosion!
Anything you need to confess to God today?