Psalms 143:11 CEV Be true to your name, LORD, and keep my life safe. Use your saving power to protect me from trouble.
Once upon a time I held the false belief that God's nature was to hunt people down and expose their faults. This false belief was rooted in two things: 1) The fact that people had treated me in this way, and 2) My misinterpretation of God's character based on #1. Nothing good comes from this view. Yet, it is undeniable that, on the pages of scripture, we read story after story of times that God seeks to reveal sin that is lurking in, and harming His people. And there is the point... sin harms us, but God heals us. The only way for healing to happen is to expose sin for what it is.
Being exposed is never comfortable, but is entirely necessary. This creates a problem for the church of today. People largely seek a church experience that is always encouraging, topically light, mostly entertaining, full of 'blessing', filled with words of comfort and consolation, and non-confrontational. The intent of God is healing and completeness; holiness and salvation. In order to get there, God has to expose us for who we are. The exposure leads to the very best of God's healing work. Exposure is designed to produce godly sorrow, repentance, humility, revelation, and a starting point from which healing begins.
Being exposed for who we really are is an act of God's grace. Being left alone is sin is an act of abandonment. Grace leads to life... abandonment leads to death. God doesn't abandon us, He pursues us. A pursuing God is an exposing God. An exposing God is a loving God. A loving God is a God we can trust entirely.
Once we have been exposed into the hands, care, and healing power of our Trustworthy God, we can learn to share vulnerably about our life and our experiences. Once God heals, the experiences that once harmed us become the tools of healing for another when they are exposed by our own voice as we tell our stories.
Have you been exposed by God? Are you ready to bare all for Him to set you free? Do you know the joy that others could find through your story? Let God in to do what only He can do. Take the risk of being vulnerable before God and then experience the beauty of being vulnerable before others.
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.