by: carole l. haines
Bruce and the two boys walked back from the lake and onto the shore. They said, “Carole, you should go in. The water is so clean. I can see my feet clear to the bottom.” I don’t go in murky water, not ever, if I can avoid it. I can’t stand not being able to see my feet, to know what is in the water with me. I’m afraid of stepping on something, or bumping in to something. Silly, I know, but that’s just the way I am. I find I want to have transparency within as well. God tells me in His Word:
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. (Psalm 51) The psalm from which this is taken, is probably one of the most Beautiful prayers to pray when confessing our sins. It is the prayer which David prayed after being confronted by Nathan the prophet about Bathsheba. Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge. (Psalm 51)
Sometimes, inside myself, I feel like I am walking in murky waters. It’s not always sin, but I like to go before God and ask Him to reveal to me if I am harboring anything in my heart that is displeasing to Him. He is so kind to reveal it to me, and give me the opportunity to confess it to Him. My favorite Scripture to pray in such times is 1 John 1:9
“9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
So, if you are feeling a bit “murky” inside, why not go to God and ask Him if there is something going on. If He reveals something, just come before Him and confess it. That way the murkiness can disperse and you can once again, see clear to the bottom of your soul. God loves us dearly and desires truth in our deepest parts. Come to Him this day, Dear One. He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.