To cover or expose? All too often, in the world of us females, this is the option we’re presented with. Should we protect, cover for the poor decision another has made and offer grace? Or will we choose to expose, making others aware of another’s shortcomings?
In Genesis 9: 20- 27, Abraham’s sons had the same choice. Ham chose to expose his father’s sin, while Japheth and Shem honored their father by protecting him. The result? Japheth and Shem, who guarded their father’s honor, received a blessing.
We can’t possibly know the motivation Ham had for exposing his naked father to his brothers, but I can’t help but wonder if his struggle was similar to our’s. Did he like the attention he received from having information the other brothers didn’t? Maybe Ham thought he would look better if his father looked badder. The human heart can be complicated in the worst sort of way when it comes to the desires lurking there.
For this reason, we must keep our hearts filled. When our hearts are filled with God’s love, when we find ourselves in the position of needing to choose to cover or expose, our hearts choose to protect. We do for another what we would want them to choose for us. Filled to overflowing with Jesus’ love, this is the reaction that becomes natural for us.
Let’s make this our prayer:
“Jesus, fill and satisfy our empty hearts, so we may overflow and give your love to others.”
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