The term, “you can’t judge a book by its cover” is so very true. Most people are not who they seem to be on the outside, because most of them have taken the infirmities in their lives and buried them deep within their physical shell. In other words, many people get up in the mornings and put on masks so that others can’t see the real pain that’s inside.
When the Samaritan woman talked with Jesus at the well she came wearing a mask so that no one would know her true past. However, Jesus is not your average person and he could see straight through the mask to the true person behind it. He knew that she had had many husbands in her past and was living with a man to whom she was not married.
We think if we put on a happy face and walk around, that we can keep all that pain bottled up and no one will be the wiser. News flash! Even if you’re hiding your pain from me, you’re not hiding it from God. You’re also slowly changing who you really are and becoming someone who is angry, bitter and resentful.
People don’t want others to know what is going on the inside because it exposes their vulnerabilities. They are scared to lay it all on the table because it requires them to open themselves up to the possibility of being hurt, and no one wants to experience rejection or condemnation.
The beauty of God is that He will never look down on you or judge you, when you bring your problems to Him. He wants you to open up to Him and trust Him to guide you through the troubles of this life. There is nothing so bad in your life that you can’t bring it to the throne of the most high and lay it at the altar. It’s only through complete honesty and openness with the Father, that we can have release from the guilt and shame and it’s only through Salvation of Jesus Christ that we can experience true mercy and grace.
If you are dealing with pain in your life, it’s time to come to the mercy seat of Christ. It’s time to dive into the Word of God and seek out its promises of comfort for your life. Psalm 27:4-5 says, “The one thing I ask of the Lord – the thing I seek most – is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.”
God promises to hide us from our troubles when they come if we will delight in His perfection and focus on His house each and every day.
The Casting Crowns song, “Come To The Well,” starts off by saying, “Leave it all behind.” It’s time to leave the hurt, the disappointment, the financial troubles, the relationship problems, and anything else that causes you to wear your mask and turn to God and allow Him to cleanse you with His love, grace, and mercy.
God bless and have great week in the Lord.
Wade Phillips is senior pastor at Madisonville Christian Fellowship.