I was surprised to learn that the ostrich does not really bury his head in the sand! It is such an accepted saying that I never questioned it! But in fact, it just looks as if they do being that they press their long necks close to the ground. They do this to avoid detection, and as their plumage blends in so well with the sandy soil it seems that their heads are buried. No one is too sure where this idea originated, but the saying is well known. Someone who exhibits this figurative behavior is one who does not face facts!
Our verse for today describes a believer who is figuratively nearsighted and blind, much like the ostrich. Whether intentional or not, a believer who has not grasped the reality of true forgiveness is not seeing clearly. We can easily bury ourselves in thoughts, memories and self recriminations from past sins. When we do, we make ourselves ineffective and unproductive in our Christian walk (verse 8).
I do not need to bury my head in shame. The Lord with His gracious forgiveness lifts my head. He makes it possible for me to live out my faith, adding to it goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness and love (verses 5-7). I continually remind myself that as far as the Lord is concerned, my sins are as far away as the east is from the west! (Psalm 103:12) He has completely removed them. Being convinced of this truth makes it possible to live for Him the abundant life He wants to produce in me!
Thank you Lord, for lifting my head to see Your wonderful and complete forgiveness!