It only takes a minute to confess your sin, but it takes a lifetime to cover it up.
Embarrassment. Shame should produce embarrassment. There is a cascading effect in our feelings and behavior when we commit a sin. We feel shame and guilt then we begin to act embarrassed by the wrong we have done and then there is the cover-up that adds more sin to the original sin. By lying or blaming someone else we dig ourselves into a bigger hole than we were previously by the original sin.
Embarrassment. “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8). We can look at this and realize how ridiculous this was. The man and the woman hid themselves from the Creator of the universe who is omnipresent. Did they really think they were hiding from God? They were embarrassed, so they covered their nakedness and tried to hide the fact that they had sinned against God. In their embarrassment, they were essentially admitting their guilt.
Embarrassment. The woman and the man hid themselves from the presence of God amongst the trees that God Himself had created. When sin enters our lives we can try to hide behind any number of things, and this works for a season with the people in our lives but it never works with God. We can never run or hide from God. He is omniscient, He knows all; and He is omnipresent, He is everywhere. We may be able to cover our embarrassment with good works or fancy words, but when faced with the “presence of God” we cannot hide our sin.
Embarrassment. When the embarrassment begins to subside, and the sin is not dealt with through confession to God and the people involved, then hardness begins to take place. God has given each person a conscience so that when we sin our conscience is pricked and we feel guilt and embarrassed by our sinful actions. If we choose to ignore these feelings our heart begins to harden and we no longer feel guilt and embarrassment over the little things, but rather we feel freed to commit “bigger” sins.
Embarrassment. We may be embarrassed and try to hide our sin, but God does not give up on us especially if we are one of His children. “The Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3:9). Since God is omnipresent, God knew where the man and the woman were. As a parent, we do the same the thing with our children. We know the truth, we are trying to get our children to admit their guilt. In admitting their wrong themselves, they become a stronger person realizing that “sin will surely find you out.” (Numbers 32:23). God knew where the man and the woman were and He already knew what they had done. The embarrassment they felt was based on their guilt. Wrong committed produces a shame and guilt that leads to embarrassment and a desire to cover over the offence. God wants the truth exposed. As long as the guilt is covered, it will fester and grow causing more problems and greater guilt. You must admit your sin, and be free from the shame and embarrassment. It only takes a minute to confess your sin, but it takes a lifetime to cover it up.