May 4, 2020
best describes the situation of those
who try to hide their sins from God. The
Bible uses the sun as a metaphor to
teach us this vital lesson.
Of the sun’s wilting heat, the Psalmist
observes, “There is nothing hidden from
the heat thereof” (Psalm 19:6). Or,
“Nothing can hide from its heat” (NLT).
This solar truth is also a Son truth.
Jesus is the “Sun of righteousness”
whose rays of light and heat can burn
(Malachi 4:1) or bless (Malachi 4:2).
Whichever "ministry" of the Sun of
Rightousness we choose, this vital
spiritual truth remains: there is no
escape from the heat of His conviction.
Many, doubting this, have had to learn
it the hard way.
Achan felt very safe after hiding the
gold and garments he illegally took from
Jericho—until the Holy Spirit revealed
to Joshua, a type of Christ, his
covetous misdeed. Gehazi also must have
felt triumphant when he seemed to have
successfully taken from Naaman the
rewards Elisha refused—until the seer
told him he had seen the whole thing.
Even Judas must have felt secure after
secretly cutting his deal with the
Jewish leaders to betray Jesus—until
Jesus, having announced His impending
betrayal, slowly gazed around the table
at His apostles' faces and then quietly
turned and put the sop squarely in
Judas’ trembling hands.
Saul of Tarsus apparently thought
staying very busy serving Yahweh would
cure his inner guilt over pitilessly
harassing and killing Christians—until
the blazing Sun of Righteousness met him
near Damascus. Joseph’s brothers tried
to suppress their gnawing guilt over
enslaving their brother and lying to
their father—until the Sun sent a famine
that led them straight to a
strange-looking Egyptian “governor” who,
even stranger, insisted on accusing them
of being liars. Balaam tried to convince
himself it was okay to disobey God’s
inner voice—until he saw the Sun’s
mighty angel standing before him with
sword drawn and no way of escape.
Isaac each justified their “white lies”
to Abimelech about their wives—until the
Sun enlightened the pagan ruler and he
rebuked his redeemed guests. David
apparently thought his sin against Uriah
was as dead and buried as Uriah
was—until the Sun resurrected the issue
by sending Nathan with the shocking
words, “Thou art the man!”
The same has been true with every
criminal and gangster throughout
history. They eventually discovered they
could evade the law's detection
but could not escape the Lord's
conviction. The faces and voices of
those they harmed harassed them every
day and haunted them every night. No
matter how deeply they indulged
themselves with pleasures or
possessions, they could not find peace.
we, my fellow Christians, learned that
the Sun of righteousness’ heat is
inescapable? If so, there are two ways
we should work out what this message is
working in us.
First, if someone has wronged us and not
acknowledged it, we should restfully
understand they cannot evade the Sun’s
heat: "Fear them not, therefore; for
there is nothing covered that shall not
be revealed; and hidden that shall not
be known" (Matthew 10:26). Instead of
pouting over our wounds, we should pray
they will wilt under the Sun's
conviction and repent, honoring Him and
reconciling with us.
Second, if we have sinned and are
feeling the Sun’s heat, we should not
try to outwork, outrun, or suppress it.
Nor should we try to justify it in our
minds. Or re-bury it in our subconscious
mind every time it resurrects itself in
our thoughts. Instead we should go
straight to the Sun with a confession (1
John 1:9) and anyone we have offended
with an apology (Matthew 5:23-24).
Immediately, forgiveness, cleansing, and
reconciliation will be ours ... and that
elusive blessing, peace!
Then the same Sun that was burning us
will bless us. Instead of suffering His
burning heat, we will stand and bask and
walk and grow in His warm presence.
Standing in the Sun,