We’re all afraid of being found out. We’re not what we appear to be; at least not completely. We don’t even know ourselves. Why do we think, do and say what we do? As James reminds us, “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.” Paul expressed his own struggle when he wrote: “for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”
We’re all insecure, and we’re insecure because we’re afraid we’ll be found out. We spend much of our lives guarding or insecurities; defending and attacking every threat. When someone gets near them we think we have become masters at evasion, diversion, and denial. However, we’re not as good at covering as we imagine we are. These are the things that haunt us. These are the things that can control us.
The gospel has come to set us free. It sets us free, not all at once, but in stages. We have to grow in the grace of God. We remain broken people; broken, yet redeemed. Paul answers his own question (a question that we all share with him), “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!… There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…” God knows us—He knows our insecurities and fears better than we do—and He loves us in spite of our weakness. To be fully known and fully loved is complete security. Rest in Him!