My couch was only three years old and from a reputable company. And yet, being made of bonded leather, it slowly “unbonded” with cracking and chipping. Being that it was structurally sound I decided to invest in a good slip cover. The difference was immediate! I sit on it and it does not move. And best of all, those obvious flaws are covered and it looks brand new!
Today’s verse tells us that we can very successfully cover up our flaws. By not acknowledging our disobedience and rebellion against the Lord, we do our best to hide our imperfections. And it can even seem successful. Like Adam and Eve who immediately covered themselves with fig leaves after their disobedience, we too have that have the tendency to hide the problem. As long as we do so, forgiveness is unavailable. The Lord waits for us to come clean with Him and admit our sin. And when we do, He is gracious to forgive not only the sin but even the guilt it produces!
Eventually, the cover starts to slip when I try to hide my disobedience. Sure, I can look good on the outside, but He is not fooled. He sees all the problems underneath. My cover up leaves me struggling with feelings of guilt and shame. He knows and I know what I am hiding. But with sincere confession, He forgives the sin and the guilt. There is no longer the need for covering up as He makes me absolutely new! (II Cor. 5:17)
Thank you Lord, that You know what is underneath and You love and forgive me anyway.