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Isaiah 54: 4-5 ” Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is His name – the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth.”

If you’ve lost a spouse or gone through a divorce…you know exactly how it feels.  The loneliness and isolation are only compounded by the awkwardness of well-meaning friends.  Add to that the strict view of some Churches on divorce…you may have even been asked to leave your Church family all together.  So you try to cope with your loss as best as you can…struggling with fear and depression and feelings of self-defeat and failure.  But Isaiah is telling you here that your Creator, God Almighty,  is your husband (or spouse).  He is your Kinsman-Redeemer with a covenantal tie of love and loyalty only to you.  With God as your husband,  there’s no room anymore for those negative emotions of loss, shame, or rejection to fill your mind.  Yes, you may not be married in the legal sense…but you are espoused by a loving and faithful God.

Hebrews 10:4 ” Because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”

From the beginning of time, man has attempted to remove the shame and guilt of sin.  The Priests would offer the same sacrifices day after day, over and over again…but the humiliation would remain.  No matter how many times an animal sacrifice was laid at the altar…it was never good enough. That’s because it’s only the blood of Jesus Christ that can take away, once for all, your sins and the guilt and shame that harass  you. When Jesus died on the Cross for you, He took upon Himself your sins, and made a way to our Heavenly Father…that you might experience peace.  If there’s no happiness or peace in your inner self today…maybe you should consider asking Jesus into your life.

II Corinthians 4: 1-2 ” Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God.”

In a Believer’s life I think there isn’t anything potentially more volatile than  secret sins.   Hidden sins will lead us to compromise and dilute the truth in our own mind…rationalizing things until we can live with ourselves.   They cause us to hide things out of shameful awareness and dispair…which spirals us down the slippery slope into depression.  Secret sins need to be dealt with…not left to simmer and develop into more.  Besides, you’re only fooling yourself if you think that hidden sins are really  hidden.