Have you ever tried to do anything you weren’t supposed to do and in trying to be discreet, get caught anyway? When I was near four, daddy had gotten a new car and it had a cigarette lighter in it that you could push down and when it became red-hot it popped up! I was told to never touch it because it would burn me! The first time I caught my parents not looking I pushed it in and when it popped out and was glowing red for some reason I can’t remember I put it to me nose to smell it and got a big red burned spot on the tip of it! I walked into the house and wanted to cry because it was burning so bad, hoping my mother wouldn’t see it but of course Myrtle’s eagle eye saw it right away and then not only did my nose burn but my rear-end did too! I was busted!
Adam and Eve got caught big time when God came for his usual evening walk and found them cowering behind a bush, ashamed of their nakedness! (Genesis 3) When we read the story of Cain and Able (Genesis 4:7-10) Cain must have felt busted when God asked where his brother was! Joshua 7:1-26 is the story of Achan who took clothes and a wedge of gold when they were given the command NOT to do so! Not only was he busted but also his whole family was thrown into a pit with him and stoned! Samson must have felt like a dope being duped by Delilah, who caused him to sin against everything he had been taught. Isaiah 59:12 For our sins are piled up before God and testify against us.
Sometimes we do things that are just not right, sometimes that might be getting busted gossiping about someone when the wrong person overhears! We all know the feeling of knowing you have been wrong about something and being very sorry, maybe not that you did wrong, but that you got caught! Numbers 32:23 and you may be sure that your sin will find you out. I can’t tell you the number of times my mother said that to me in my growing up years! Well there is good news coming up found in Romans 5:20-21 All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end. Did reading that make you feel better? I know there are people who teach sloppy grace, which gives the idea that anything goes and you just get by with it and that is not true either, especially if you forsake Jesus as the only Savior, or offend the Holy Spirit.
If you are feeling busted just know that Jesus died to cover you. 1Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” When we get busted in an act of wrong doing, Jesus stands at the Throne and reminds God that he died for us so that our sins are covered!