…and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:18 NIV)
Both temptation and sin come behind closed doors. Most of the time. There are times and places when sin is celebrated and debauchery is on display. Temptation in those environments is on display, but those are the minority moments. For most people temptation and sin is a very private thing.
While it may begin privately, temptation and sin never remain that way. Just like a boiler needs a release value, so sin will exhaust somewhere in my life. This is why the disciple leads a life of confession and repentance. In being authentic with another about temptation and sin, the venting is done in a positive and spiritual way. This is necessary and very helpful in following Jesus.
Matthew 6 is very helpful when it comes to our battle with temptation and sin. The enemy tries to isolate people into thinking they are the only ones who struggle in the flesh. God wants us to know that we are not alone and that we can bring our struggles out into the light. In the light temptation and sin lose their power.
Matthew 6:13 records the model prayer of Jesus. He teaches His disciples to ask God to ‘not lead us into temptation, but deliver (or rescue) us from the evil one.’ When we are in the private place and are tempted, we ask the One who can to deliver us from that evil. We ask the One Whom we would sin against to save us from that transgression.
What’s more, Jesus teaches His disciples that our Father in Heaven that we pray to ‘sees what is done in secret…’ He sees the good and He sees the bad. He sees the good and rewards that, but He also sees the evil we do. When isolated and tempted to sin, God still sees what is done in secret. This Presence of our Father in our secret places will be comforting and reassuring to us IF we walk in the light, as He is in the light (1 John 1). If we’re sinning and, like Adam, hiding from God, His Presence will make us nervous and scared.
If you are nervous and scared of God, figure out why. What are you afraid of? What are you ashamed of? The answer is a life of confession and repentance. As you do, have confidence that God wants to forgive you and has already provided the forgiveness that you need through the blood of His Son, Jesus. Once forgiven and cleansed of sin, you can walk in the light and love of God. You can be confident of who you are in Jesus.
Thank You, Father, for not holding my sin against me. Thank you for saving me by Your grace. Thank You for Jesus. I live for You today.