I tried using a lot of soap, water, and lotion to hide my struggle. Over and over, I prayed that God would give me a dry night. But many mornings I awakened with my prayers unanswered. I had a shameful secret, and I was afraid that it would be exposed for all to see.
Long before I fought to hide my shame, Adam and Eve did their best to hide theirs. From the beginning, shame wasn’t a natural emotion for human beings to experience: “The man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame” (Genesis 2:25). Adam and Eve enjoyed the beauty of a shameless state. But after they disobeyed God’s command, they experienced for the first time a bitter new emotion--shame. Unlike my battle, theirs was the result of disobeying a loving, holy God. Their sin caused them to exhibit shame-based behaviors: creating coverings, hiding, fearing, deflecting responsibility, and blaming one another (Genesis 3:7-12).
God was the only one who could cover their shame (Genesis 3:21). And He alone can cover ours (Revelation 3:16-18). When Jesus died on the cross and forgave our sins, in essence He shamed shame (Hebrews 12:1-2). We aren’t obligated to put it on ever again. Because of what Christ has done, we can exchange “beauty for ashes” and “praise instead of despair”! (Isaiah 61:3).
This post was written by Marvin Williams of Our Daily Bread. You can find the website here: www.odb.org