It’s Ash Wednesday—the first day of Lent and a day on which Christians for generations have confessed their sins and been reminded of the sober truth: “For dust you are and to dust you will return” (Genesis 3:19). But who really wants to talk about sin? Isn’t it better to ignore it? Downplay it? Sweep it under the rug? Is that what you’ve been doing with your sins? How’s that working out? Here’s how that worked out for King David in the Bible: “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long” (Psalm 32:3).
By God’s grace, there’s a better way: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD’—and you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5). The answer to sin isn’t to hide it or ignore it. The answer is Jesus—the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. I hope you join with other Christians today to honestly confess the truth. We are dust, but God in his inexplicable grace gives life and forgiveness to dust through Jesus.