Light Burns Sin
The Light of God Reveals Sin
In my experiences of life, Truth can be likened to a powerful light when it hits sin. It burns. Light will always cause a feeling of discomfort on sin, and we don’t like that burning sensation on our conscience. I should rephrase that.. the flesh doesn’t like the burning sensation. Why? Well, from the view of the flesh, we are all about appearance and setting ourselves up on pedestals. (Egoism, humanism, pride, etc). That’s why we sin. But when light burns sin, what it is really doing is revealing the darkness (sin) openly. It is no longer hidden, and we are uncovered (naked). Thus, we want to reach for some fig leaves and cover our sin. Light reveals sin in our life, and our flesh hates it. It hates it so much, that it wants to get hidden again and exit the light. Here are some typical tactics that I have learned of the flesh pertaining to hiding from the light and concealing sin –
Genesis 3:7-10 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Adam and Eve sinned and covered themselves with aprons that hid their nakedness. This is where it gets really familiar for man. They then heard the voice of the Lord walking in the garden. God is Truth and Light. 1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. His voice is His Word, the Word of God. So what did they do? Adam hid from the Light because “I was afraid, because I was naked.”
Next came the Light and Truth that burns the sin: The Word of God –
Genesis 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
As mentioned, this causes a burn on the conscience and a discomfort. The next best thing now for us to do is to try to keep hiding it. That’s what Adam did –
Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
This tactic used by Adam to get the light off of his sin is no different than the tactics used by us. Here are a few examples – “He/She made me do it..”, “Well, if you would have…”, “You are..”, “It is because of ___ situation..”, and so on. I like to use 2 analogies in these situations. One is called the wizard of oz game. Remember the movie, when Toto pulled back the curtain and the man at the controls was revealed? (Light shining on the Sin) – “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain..” As in, don’t look there, look over here.
The other example is a spotlight on a swivel. Imagine Adam and God standing face to face, and there is a spotlight on a swivel in between them. God speaks and the light shines on Adam. He immediately slaps this light because it is burning and revealing his sin. He shines it back on God, the blame game – “The woman whom YOU gave me..”
Likewise, I have done this many times in my life. Now that the Lord is teaching me these things, it is so obvious and widespread throughout humanity. Many of us blame other people, situations, jobs, cars, etc. for almost every single hardship in life. It seems like an easy way to go about life, but I have found that to be the difficult way. Because no matter how much we try to get that burning light off of our sin, inside of us, we are still convicted and God’s truth is still shining.
A friend of mine use to point out challenges in my life.. My immediate response wasn’t these specific words, but this is exactly what was going on inside – “oh, it is far from me to be like that!” – Pride, Egoism, Humanism, etc. Then a deceptive tactic to blame it on something else, someone else, or to make it appear as something else. The thing is, my friend was right a lot of the time. I was hiding it because it didn’t feel good to have sin get burned and revealed by the Truth.
There is most definitely an easy way though. It’s called confession. Acceptance of the Light and the JUST burning sensation that it brings upon our sin. Regardless, if it’s Truth, it is Truth. Hiding it is no different than running and hiding in the trees from God. It takes humility to be able to do this, and it is difficult at times, but it sure is relieving to be honest and accept the Light. It still burns the sin just as much, but it is as if the Light goes off as soon as the confession comes off the lips “You’re right, I did wrong.” This is standing in agreement with the Light.. standing in agreement with God. Actually, it isn’t that the Light goes off, but the sin is now wiped clean. Thank you Jesus.
I tell you what… Casting down all cares of what others think about us, giving no credit to their views of our image, brings upon great great peace. My aim is to be in a right standing with God, not to please man. If confessing of a sin in response to a truthful word causes someone else to have a negative view of me, that’s between them and God. I will have a clean conscious before the only one who truly matters, my Father in Heaven.
If you’re in this trap, please remember – Sin is sin.. If the Word of God speaks Truth towards a sin, accept it as truth and confess it before God. Transparency has opened up a huge relief valve in my life. No more hiding, no more stress, no more lies, no more worries.. Just a right standing with God, peace, joy, contentment, etc.
Thank you Lord. God bless you and yours,
Thank you so much for this article. As a new Christian, I have been struggling for the past few days with what I assume is God revealing sin in my heart that I have not yet acknowledged. Having read this, I now know that I need to confess it as truth and be free of the darkness it has left in my heart. On this eve of Christ’s birth, I have learned a very valuable lesson and have received His wonderful gift of grace. Thank you for being his instrument in doing that!
Praise God… praise God. It’s nice to receive these golden nuggets.. they add fuel to the fire within. Thanks for taking the time to be an instrument as well.. very encouraging! :)
It’s interesting how God works.. He teaches me, I share. You are now learning the same lesson and read what I shared. Now, you share with me that it helped you. This adds fuel to me. It doesn’t stop there. I then respond.. and tell you how you helped me.. This encourages you. (This is a great cycle of grace and love! It only stops when man stops it.)
Now, when God gives you the opportunity (He surely will), be sure to share the lesson you learned.. Keep His grace flowing.. :)
1 Peter 4:10 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His love, grace, peace, and mercy be multiplied unto you and those of your household. In the name of Truth, the Christ, amen.
Merry Christmas!!! :)