Jesus - Hope for the Exposed
Psalm 46:1-7 (NIV)
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
As humans, we often try to cover up our faults. Day after day, we hide flaws, our sins, and sometimes our deepest desires. We even hide our true selves, afraid of being exposed. Exposed – it’s a word that makes people cringe, as well as become fearful. If we are exposed, that wall that we put up starts to crumble down. We fear what others will think; we may even fear that God won’t love us as much if He sees it all. So we try and pretend that everything is okay, trying to act perfect.
But I believe God wants us to break down that wall that we have created – whether it is a wall of fear, a stronghold of shame, a barrier of unforgiveness or a fortress of anger. He wants us to be exposed, fully surrendered, trusting that He can rule our lives in better ways than we can ever imagine. He becomes our refuge, our stronghold, our fortress when we give Him the keys to our souls. And this kingdom, which once was in our hands that would break down and decay, is now eternally ruled by the true King, if we follow Jesus and let Him become the ruler of our lives. Exposure doesn’t have to be a fearful thing. God sees it all already, but He won’t break down that door. Rather, He will patiently wait, loving arms outstretched, until you say, “come in.”
This New Year's, don’t be the one to say there is no room in the inn. Open your heart to all the blessings and love that Jesus has for you. Let down your defenses, open the door, and trust that He will make the house of your soul a home of His love.
Happy New Year and God Bless!
By: Sarah Morris