Think about your most embarrassing experience and see if it tops this. In the middle of one of his college lectures, the acclaimed Harvard professor, George Lyman Kittredge, accidentally stepped off the platform and fell to the floor. But that wasn’t all. As the professor stumbled to his feet, he stated, “In 40 years of teaching, this is the first time I have ever descended to the level of my audience.” I’m not sure whether Kittredge’s fall or his remarks afterward were more embarrassing.

When the Fall of Man occurred, it resulted in embarrassment and fear. Adam and Eve hid from God because of their shame. This wasn’t God’s intent. Where there once was fellowship, there was now separation. Where spiritual life abounded, there was now spiritual death. One of the immediate effects of sin was the loss of Adam’s lordship over Creation. He would have to work by the sweat of his brow. Eve would experience pain in childbirth. Even nature changed under the curse of sin.

Embarrassed over the nakedness their sin had revealed, Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together to make themselves coverings. But these coverings were insufficient. God personally provided animal skin coverings for them. With the coverings in place, their embarrassment was removed. Isn’t it great to know there was forgiveness back in the Garden?

Maybe you’re carrying a load of guilt and embarrassment because of a sin you have committed against God. You’ve tried to cover it up with the fig leaves of good works, but still feel exposed. Friend, God has made complete provision for all your sins through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Put on His robe of righteousness through faith, and experience the life-changing power of a relationship with Him.

I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. — C.S. Lewis

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.