Thursday, November 12, 2009
A guilty conscience is a hidden enemy. -Indian Proverb
Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese soldier, lived in a cave on the island of Guam. Fearing for his life, he fled there in 1944, when the tides of war began to change. He stayed hidden for twenty-eight years, only venturing out at night. During this self-imposed exile, he lived on frogs, rats, nuts and mangoes. Even when he realized that the war had ended, he was afraid to come out for fear of execution. Shoichi was found by two hunters, who escorted him to liberty. He had stayed hidden because he was afraid to face his sins. If he had come out sooner, he would have experienced forgiveness and freedom.(Story from Infosearch, version 4.11d, 1996 adapted)
Doctors believe that people get sick physically and emotionally because they are not facing their sins. Studies have shown patients with head noise, blurred vision, dizziness, neuritis and persistent indigestion only received relief when the patient broke down and confessed their hidden sins.
Although nothing we do can be hidden from God, sometimes all of us would like to hide from the consequences of our actions. But hiding never brings healing. John wrote, "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin"(1 John 1:7)
Today maybe God is calling you to confess a "hidden sin". Maybe he is saying "Come out, come out wherever you are!" (Live Fearlessly Lenya Heitzig and Penny Rose)
Think about it!
Serving with fervor,