My younger daughter came to report her elder sister to the Mum. She said, “my sister got wounded”, but she denied it and said, “No, I didn’t sustain any wound.” The response of my wife communicated a lot to me. She said; “you better expose it so we can treat it”.

Friend, you need to expose your wound so that God can treat it. Sincerity is key in walking with the Lord. When Jesus got to the tomb of Lazarus, the question He asked was, “where have you laid him?”, and they said, “come and see” (John 11:34). You also need to tell God to “come and see”; the wounds, the imperfections, the inconsistencies and all that. Expose them!

It is the wound you expose that can be treated. It is the sin that you expose and confess that can be forgiven. “He that covers his sins shall not prosper. But he that confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). Sometimes, I wonder if we can really cover anything from the all knowing God. What makes you think that God did not already know what you are trying to hide?

Exposing your wounds; sins, mistakes, inconsistencies etc. to the all knowing God is a mark of sincerity. It also shows your desperate need for God. This was, perhaps, what differentiated David from Saul. Saul was still doing hide and seek but David laid everything bare before God (1 Samuel 15:30, 2 Samuel 12:13). He preferred to fall into the hands of God knowing that His mercies are great (2 Samuel 24:14).

Exposing your wounds to God is the gateway to obtaining help in dealing with it. Divine wisdom answers to human sincerity. This was why David said, “You desire truth in the inward part, and in the hidden part you would cause me to know wisdom” (Psalms 51:6). Why are you struggling over issues of life when you can simply tap into divine wisdom as you expose them to God (James 1:5)?

Be open to God. Tell Him where you have missed it. Don’t forget that He already knows but you need His Grace and Wisdom (2 Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 4:15-16). Expose those sinful habits. Expose that struggle with lust. Let God help you with that hatred in your heart. Show Him that stench in your business, marriage, ministry etc. There is a balm in Gilead (Jeremiah 8:22). There is healing and deliverance in God. Expose your wounds!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria