Pastor's Wife, Mom, Writer & Imperfect Seeker of Jesus
Hair Color Sin
June 10, 2015
I wore a hat to church on Sunday. Too bad our church isn’t one of those great churches were the ladies wear amazing hats with feathers and flowers. Nope, I was pretty much the sole hat-wearer of the group this week. So the comments were many and creative! While it’s nice to think that others might find me stylish (or attempting to be stylish), the reality is simply this—my gray hair had grown so long that it looked really bad and I didn’t have time to color it the night before. And since you’re not supposed to wash your hair right before you color it (which I did on Sunday night), the only option for my dirty graying hair was to cover it up.
Oddly enough, getting ready for church Sunday morning, I thought, “This is exactly how we handle sin.” If you’ve ever had to color your hair, not for fun and creativity, but because you are fighting the hands of time, you’ll understand what I mean. You see, after I color my hair, I don’t really think about it for a few weeks. Then about Week 4 I start to notice just a few gray strands emerging, but I have to be looking very closely to see them. When Week 5 rolls around, the gray is getting more obviously there, but it blends in quite well with the rest. By Week 6, I start inspecting my head on a daily basis…
“Today looks good, we’re fine.”
“Yup, you can get by another few days.”
“It’s getting closer, but nothing you can’t still rock.”
And then one day, I wake up and find, “Oh. My. Goodness. You look ridiculous! This should have been colored like three days ago!!!” You know what I mean?
And that’s what we often do with sin. Sure, there will always be sins in our lives that are revealed to us as we grow, because none of us lives a perfect life. But there ARE some sins that we KNOW we deal with. We just tell ourselves, “You’re fine. You’re good. You can get by with this a while longer. It’s nothing you can’t handle.” Then one day we wake up to find that the sin has overtaken us, and the only ability we have within ourselves is to cover it up. Just like the hair though, it’s only a temporary fix. That sin is going to keep coming back.
This is what happened with King David. We find this same spiraling downward in his life in 2 Samuel 11. It is the springtime when all kings should be off to war, but David is home at the palace in Jerusalem, NOT where he is supposed to be. His eyes fall on a very beautiful woman bathing … and he lingers…then he lusts…then he lays with her and she becomes pregnant…and instead of confessing, he attempts to cover it up.
You may know the story. David first brings Bathsheba’s husband Uriah back from battle on the pretense of getting war updates so that Uriah can sleep with his own wife and the baby can be passed off as his. But Uriah is too honorable to enjoy the pleasures of his wife while his countrymen are risking their lives in battle. Next David gets Uriah drunk, hoping he’ll let down his guard, but Uriah remains firm in his honor. So David resorts to sending Uriah to the front ranks where he is killed and marries Bathsheba himself so he can pass the baby off as a premie. (This is obviously the cliff notes version.)
He can’t fix it. He can’t cover it up enough. Here is how he describes that time:
“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.” (Psalm 32:3-4 NIV) Whew! Sin is exhausting, because we’re not meant to carry it around like a pet.
When David finally surrendered his sin and allowed the One who doesn’t just cover but who CANCELS to take over, his world was changed.
"Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, 'I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.' And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone." (Psalm 32:5 NLT)
All. My. Guilt. Is. GONE. “As far as east is from west— that’s how far God has removed our sin from us.” (Psalm 103:12 CEB) That’s a GREAT feeling!
Stop dragging around unconfessed sin and surrender to Him TODAY!