Cover Up

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Cover Up

There is a story in the Old Testament that has always fascinated me.  In Genesis 9, we see where Noah had gotten drunk.  Not only that, but when he fell asleep (or passed out in his drunken stupor), he was naked and uncovered.

Ham saw his father’s nakedness and decided to expose it by telling his brothers.  Shem and Japheth took a garment and walked backwards into their father’s tent, spreading the garment across the naked and drunken Noah.  They didn’t see their father’s nakedness, nor did they gossip about it to anyone.

God ended up cursing Ham, but He blessed Shem and Japheth because they chose to be ‘cover ups.’  This story in the Old Testament teaches us the principle from the New Testament that love covers a multitude of sins. (I Peter 4:8)

When we’ve been mistreated, we often desire to share all the gory details with anyone who will lend us an ear.  What we fail to realize it that every time we retell the event, it allows the incident to become larger and larger in our mind.  We shouldn’t be surprised when we find it very hard to grant some grace and forgiveness to the offending party.  If we would have chosen to ‘cover up’ the offense, it would have died down very quickly in our mind.

When we have been offended, we are told in Matthew 18:15 that we need to go to that person and show him his fault ‘just between the two of you.’  When we do this, we are ‘covering up’ the offense in a loving way.  Most often, the result will be a peaceful resolution and it will bring glory to God to see His children walking in truth.

Do you need to ‘cover up’?

© 2005, Stacy R. Miller

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