"Then they said to one another, “In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us and we did not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us.” And Reuben answered them, “Did I not tell you not to sin against the boy? But you did not listen. So now there comes a reckoning for his blood.” - Genesis 42:21-22
It has been said that time heals all wounds. Well, C. S. Lewis, author of over 30 books, many of which addressed Christian apologetics, proposed a very different belief ..."We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin." Unresolved sin weighs upon the heart like the rock of Gibraltar.
Over twenty years had passed since Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery. Now, trouble was brewing and the first thought that came to mind was the haunting guilt of betrayal and deception. These men had lived with the incredible wrong done to their brother and the daily deception toward their father. Unresolved sin weighed upon their heart like the rock of Gibraltar.
The lesson is troubling, isn't it? Is there sin, betrayal, or deception in your past? Does it visit you in the night, or when hardships come into your life? Have you been pushing it away, thinking that "time will heal"? The truth is simple: "Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, 'I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.' And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone" - Psalm 32:5 (NLT) Unresolved sin weighs upon the heart, but confessed sin sets us free!