You know, that drawer at the bottom of the refrigerator. The hide-away drawer! That secret place where things go to change color and rot. And smell funny. And pretty soon the whole refrigerator smells nasty and you can’t find the source quick enough!
Eeewww! Sometimes, that’s happened to me. Put veggies or fruits there where they’re rather hidden away. Have you ever done that? Nah, you wouldn’t.
I once wrote a story entitled A Festering Secret about a prince and his secret. Part of it went like this…
And no one knew.
The stench grew daily and so did its size. One night, he found his secret festered, wormy, and extended past its constraints. The vessel cracked…
Now, everyone would know. What would they think of their Prince? He knew he must do something.
It grieved his heart he had been so foolish to do such a terrible thing and tried to hide his deep, dark secret. So, he decided to reveal it, to shine a light on it and clean it up.
He cried out to God, “Oh, God, save me from this terrible thing I’ve done. ‘Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight.’ (Ps. 51:4 NKJV)
“I am in anguish over my sin. God, nothing is hidden from You. ‘You spread out our sins before you—our secret sins—and you see them all.’ (Ps. 90:8 NLT)
“Please keep this from others that I may not hurt them or defame Your holy name. Show me those hidden sins lurking in my heart. ‘Cleanse me from these hidden faults.’ (Ps. 19:12b TLB)
“Cleanse my heart, O God. ‘Look on my affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins.’” (Ps. 25:18 NKJV)
When we have secret, unconfessed sins, they fester, they putrefy, and they overflow from their dark corner of our heart’s vessel…
All festering secrets will grow and rupture, unless washed in the blood of Jesus and forgiven.
What do I hide, deep-deep down in that bottom drawer of my heart? Have I left it there so long that it’s beginning to rot and spread to my whole being? And now, I stinketh?
Or do I dig out that putrid garbage and deal with it, repenting and asking the Lord to forgive me?
Do I ask Him to search my heart and “Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life”? (Ps. 139:24 NLT)
A Lamentations exhortation for us all…