If someone describes you as being “heavy-handed,” they’re not giving you a compliment. However, when God is heavy-handed with us, it’s a good thing. Although it’s not comfortable, it is designed to be helpful. God has a way of using pain to produce progress in our lives.
In Psalm 32, David speaks of a time in his life that is all too familiar to us. He was in sin, but didn’t want to talk about it. In fact, he was trying to get away without ever talking about it…but God wouldn’t let that happen. David writes,
“For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.”
Psalm 32:3-4 (ESV)
God’s hand is heavy on the hearts of those trying to hide sin. It’s God’s way of applying pressure to bring the sin to the surface.
If you get a splinter, using tweezers to get it out is painful, but necessary. If it doesn’t come out, infection will follow, and the problem and ensuing pain will be far worse.
It’s the same with sin we try to keep hidden. It’s like a splinter that will cause infection in our soul until we allow God to dig it out.
Unconfessed sin is an invitation for the heavy hand of God in our lives. God’s goal is not painful punishment; but rather confession and reconciliation.
Although it’s not comfortable, I’ve grown to be thankful for God’s heavy-handedness in my life, convicting me of sin and inviting me into a deeper relationship with Him.
God doesn’t apply pressure to crush you, but to strengthen you. Let Him do His work.
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