I can't imagine many worse things than being buried alive. Fortunately, this isn't something you encounter every day. Even though I've escaped being buried alive for four decades now, I've not been as successful in keeping from being buried alive spiritually. I wonder, have you?
I went on a walk recently and began praying and asking God to reveal hidden sins in my heart. What things are so familiar to us that we can't really see them? Or at least see them as actual sins? These are the things I was asking God to show me.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139: 23-24
As sins were revealed to me, I cringed inside. And, I began heaping upon myself guilt, condemnation, shame, blame, and just about every bad thing you can name. I realized, as my walk was ending, that I had spiritually buried myself alive!
Now, there is great benefit to seeing our sin and hating the filth of it. This is a must if we are to turn from it. If I didn't despise my sin, I would continue wallowing in it. With that being said, though, we can't bury ourselves alive with loads of condemnation. All that does is paralyze us, stunt us, from moving forward in victory over those sins. We must identify our sins and abhor them, but we also must press on. If we stay in the shame of our sins, our focus is there and not on the Savior.
Once we turn our eyes upward, our confessed sin takes on a whole new take. Now when we see our sins, we also see hope. We see Christ's righteousness covering up those sins. We see the crimson stain of sin being cleansed as white as snow. The guilt is replaced by forgiveness. While we know we've sinned and our flesh wants to continue to sin, we can move forward in the hope of Christ and His victory on the cross. And with that, we can be buried alive with the overflowing and amazing grace of God!