August 3, 2022
Pray for Illumination - Heavenly Father, help me to know your ways; teach me your paths and lead me into your truth. Amen.
Read Psalm 32
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Psalms 32:1
Guilt. Nobody enjoys feeling guilty. I learned the uncomfortable weight of guilt at a young age. My mother had taken me with her to go grocery shopping and as we stood in line to pay, I noticed the yummy looking lollipops at eye level. I asked my mom if she would buy me the candy. She said no and that was that. Well, I obviously didn’t agree because when she had her back to me, I snuck the candy into my pocket. I couldn’t let anyone see me with the candy and so when we got home, I hid it under my pillow. Then at night, when I thought my brother whom I shared a room with was asleep, I pulled out the candy and tried to unwrap it. It was so noisy that my brother heard it and asked where I got the candy. I had to lie! First stealing. Now lying! Despite not getting caught, I never did enjoy that candy. The guilt was so heavy that I couldn’t enjoy something that I otherwise would have loved.
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. Psalms 32:3-4
I am happy that I learned the cost of sin and guilt at a young age because it has helped me to see the value of honesty and integrity and seeking forgiveness when I became aware of wrongdoing.
Forgiveness is such a beautiful gift that we have been given through Jesus Christ. It is a gift that sets us free from the burden of guilt and shame. Nothing is hidden from God anyways. Why would I want to carry the weight of guilt when I can enjoy the beautiful gift of life free from it. Thanks be to God!
Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found Psalms 32:6