Sin Finds You Out

101/365 days of blogging.

When my girls were little, they had the concept that every child has I suppose, if I cover my eyes I can hide from anyone.  The concept of  “if I can’t see them…they can’t see me.”  They would play hide and seek and look for a place to hide.  When I would reach the number 25 (our previously agreed number to count to) and they hadn’t found a place to hide yet, they would stand in the middle of the floor with their hands over their eyes, standing very still.  I would walk past them pretending to look all around, even calling their name once in a while to make it appear that I didn’t see them.  All the while they were giggling this cute little giggle that they apparently didn’t think I could hear.

I recently had a conversation with someone about hiding from God.  The question was brought up whether or not we could sin behind God’s back.  After establishing that God is omnipresent, and omniscient, they started to look up Bible scripture.  I couldn’t remember where in the Bible I had read it but I knew there was a scripture that talked about how eventually our sin will reveal itself.

Today I was reading in my Bible devotions book and behold there it was.

Numbers 32:23 – “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”

A superficial reading of this text may lead one to think that it says, “Be sure your sin will be found out.”  But that is not what it says.  Rather, it warns, “Your sin will find you out.”

Augustine wrote long ago, “The punishment of sin is sin.”  Sin darkness the life.  It is an infestation in the soul.  We absorb its consequences ourselves.  Sin robs us of a clear conscience, of peace within.  It stains and can ultimately destroy our character.  We cannot sin with impunity; one way or another sin will find us out and register its fatal disease within us.

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21).  It is in our nerves, our very makeup.  Even the common lie-detector tests bear scientific witness that human nature has a moral set, otherwise a lie would register no slant of the needle away from basic moral nature.  God’s moral law of the universe is written into our tissues as well as the texts of His word.

David thought kings could get by with cover-ups until the bony finger of the prophet Nathan pointed in his direction, saying “You are the man,” leaving David prostrate and penitent before God (2 Samuel 12).  The word “evil” is the word “live” spelled backwards.  Sin is life lived backwards; it is sand in the machinery of life.  God’s moral law of the universe does not tolerate sin, but rejects it as a virus in the soul.

But God has provided a cure. ” But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

The sacrifices that were made in the temple anticipated the day when Christ would completely remove sin.  Real cleansing from sin came with Jesus, the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)  Sin, by its very nature, brings death – that is a fact as certain as the law of gravity.  Jesus did not die for his own sins; he had none.  Instead, by a transaction that we may never fully understand, He died for the sins of the world.  When we commit our lives to Christ and thus identify ourselves with Him, His death becomes ours.  He has paid the penalty of our sins, and His blood has purified us.  Just as Christ rose from the grave, we rise to a new life of fellowship with Him (Romans 6:4)

Don’t think that we can hide our sin from others, or even God.  Sooner or later, someone will find you out.  Then you will have to commit other sins to cover that one…and so on.  But God knows about our sins even before we commit them.  We can not hid from God.  The sooner we figure that out, the sooner we will start “being about our father’s business.”


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