It all started with Adam and Eve hiding from the Lord and covering their nudity. They had something to be ashamed of. Our father Abraham almost gave up his wife to sleep with another man out of fear for his own life. He was more concerned about his safety than about the safety of his dear wife. Later, his son Isaac did exactly the same thing. What do we say of King David? He slept with a married woman; the wife of one of his faithful soldiers. David killed the husband; that is a first degree murder, no doubt. David had plenty to be ashamed of! And what of Solomon, the wised man that ever walked the face of this earth? His wisdom was not enough to stop him from worshipping other gods; that was shameful indeed. Peter walked with Jesus, even walked on water, but he still denied the Lord three times. Some years later, the same Peter was confronted by Paul for his racial tendencies; oh yeah, Peter also had plenty to be ashamed of.
What about you? Do you have things in your life that you are ashamed of? What about me? Oh my land, I have so much that I wish I could erase out of my history. Nevertheless, today God wants to deal with our shame, for He does not want us to feel ashamed anymore. Romans 10:11 tells us:
“As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’
The reason we continue allowing our shame to hold us back from our destiny in God is because we have a deeper issue. That deeper issue is founded on the fact that we don’t believe that God is who He says He is. We don’t know HIM personally and we have a hard time believing that He can actually forgive us. We are so used to the ways of men, where we are forever judged for our shameful moments, that we can’t even entertain the idea that God not only can forgive us, but wants to do so.
God clothed Adam and Eve after they sinned (Genesis 3:21); God protected Sarah; even as her husband Abraham acted like a coward. God said of David that he was a man after God’s heart. The redemptive stories are never-ending, even extending to our day; to you and to me. If we trust God we will never have to live with shame!