Have you ever done anything wrong? That really seems like a dumb, parent-type question doesn’t it? We all know the answer, it’s an emphatic yes. The follow-up question, though, is more of a painful one. Did you seem to get away with it - I mean free and clear, no one in the world knows, get away with it? Last question, how long ago did that happen?
My guess is that it probably did not happen yesterday and most likely was quite a while ago. Sometimes it is truly amazing how we humans feel that we have gotten away with something, and yet are still in bondage because of the event many days, months and years later. The memory is there for a reason, calling us back to the time because we need to do something. When sins are brought up in our minds, it can come from one of two sources. God brings sins to mind because we have never acknowledged our sin before His face and accepted His forgiveness. He knows that unconfessed sin eats away at us and that it is hard for us to escape the neck chain tying us to it. Satan brings to mind all of our past sins so that we can remain entangled, even after God has forgiven us. The reason is because he wants us to be trapped and hindered in our Christian walk.
Cain tried to cover up his brother’s murder. David tried to cover up his sin with Bathsheba. David said that the time when he was “hiding” his sin felt like his bones were wasting away. What are you and I trying to cover up? Are we remembering our sin because God wants us to deal with it once and for all? There is a bright side, even though we still have to live with our sin’s consequences. God does forgive and He does restore. Even if Satan brings it up again, God has blotted it out! And that, my friends, is a forgiveness and renewing worth remembering.