Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
A group of adults was asked, “Would you cheat on your income taxes if you knew for sure you would not be caught?” The majority said yes. It would seem that the prevailing philosophy is, “It’s OK to do wrong if don’t get caught.”
Moses apparently agreed. He first looked “this way and that way” to make sure there were no witnesses; then he slew an Egyptian who was abusing a Hebrew slave. In addition, Moses hid the body in the sand, hoping to conceal his crime. Without proof of the crime, he seemed to reason, there was no crime.
There is one problem with this line of reasoning—it leaves out God. He has placed within us a small voice called “con science.” We may ignore that voice; we may keep so busy we think we can’t hear it, but in the process we use up so much emo tional energy that we damage our bodies. Doctors agree that up to 75 percent of their patients with chronic illnesses have no biological basis for their complaints. Instead, feelings of guilt and regret are at the root of their problems.
God’s plan is for us to confess our sins, not hide them. Confession results not only in forgiveness but also cleansing. We don’t have to carry a load of guilt around because it’s washed away in the blood of Christ.
If you have a hidden sin, confess it to God. He is always willing to forgive sin when you truly repent and to wipe away the guilt that accompanies it (1 John 1:9). Confession will do wonders for your body as well as your spirit.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THE SMELL OF YOUR SINS IF YOU COME CLEAN BEFORE GOD.