I’m a pretty prideful person.

I know this because I hide my faults — or unsuccessfully try to anyway. I also make every effort to avoid activities I stink at. This keeps me from those embarrassing skateboarding falls and strange dance moves. It also hides how easily I slide into anger when things aren’t going my way, like when I’m playing video games. We all have things we try to tuck away so others don’t find out. We think hiding those means they don’t exist. But it doesn't mean that at all. It’s more like a child crouched on the floor with his eyes closed thinking nobody can see him because he can’t see them. In reality, everyone can see him, no matter what he thinks.

Psalm 69:5 says this, "You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from You."

Like Judas, who thought he was so sneaky, or Adam and Eve who thought they could hide in the garden, we like to think we are getting away with something and keeping it hidden from everyone, including God. The fact is that "the LORD searches the heart and examines the mind (Jeremiah 17:10)."  He knows our thoughts and attitudes and those sinful things we hide deep down inside.

That sounds pretty scary. Someone knowing my every thought and deed as if it were scrolling across the TV screen like today's sport’s scores. What would someone think of me? I know what they would think: "What a horrible person! I’m never going to trust them again. I’ll never even talk to them anymore."

But God doesn't do that — and this is the amazing part — He, instead, gives us hope. It’s a hope that "does not put us to shame."  God knows that we are sinners. He knows that if we realize it, then our hearts are already filled with regret and shame. But God, rather than putting us to shame even more, takes our hands and leads us out of that sinful lifestyle into a life of righteousness.

"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly." 'The ungodly' … that’s definitely me. And if that’s you then Christ died for you. He died so that you no longer need to have shame. You can throw off the old life, leave it behind and join Him for a fresh new start and a brand new life (Romans 5).

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)