but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy….(Proverbs 28:13).
The wicked flee though no one pursues….(Proverbs 28:1).
As I was teaching the students at church the other day I said to them, “Whenever I was doing something wrong that my parents didn’t want me to do, I lived in fear the entire time thinking I might get caught.”
Sin is like a drug. Although we know its bad for us, we’ll do whatever it takes to have it. Even though we know its not the right thing to do, we’ll pursue it anyways and live in fear the entire time. This keeps us from being able to live fully and freely in life, but the problem is, we don’t believe we can live without our vices.
There are many people fleeing from freedom, truly believing they are somehow liberated in their rebellious ways. Yet, there is no freedom in lying to get what you want, cheating to have what you think you need and stealing to have all your heart desires.
In the movie “Catch Me if You Can,” Frank Abegnale Jr. poses as a pilot for American Airlines. Somehow he’s able to pull off the gig for quite a while, stealing thousands of dollars by writing false checks along the way. Yet, the whole time, he’s running. Running from the truth and running from the law. Many of us are running from the truth in our lives because we fear the consequences. I have done that, fearing what my situation meant for my life, so I tried hiding it as best I could, thinking that was somehow liberating me from what I feared. Yet, this was not freedom. This was bondage and enslavement.
We must be willing to face our fears and failures head-on. Until we do, we’ll find that within them lies chains of darkness seeking to hold us captive. When I give my heart, mind, and soul to the darkness I’ll find myself constantly running from people, relationships and places where contentment is found. Yet, when I am willing to admit my mistakes and own my fears I can find freedom for a new day. I can be truly liberated in places of honesty, repentance, and grace.
Father, I want to live fully and freely in your love. Let my heart and mind be satisfied in your goodness. You are the God of life, love, and liberation. May I live in that place today knowing that you are so good. Thank you, Father, for the love that you have poured out into my heart. Make me more like you, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.
“Speak, for your servant is listening.”…(1 Samuel 3:10)