Then they said to one another, “Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us.” Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not tell you, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? Now comes the reckoning for his blood.”
Unconfessed, egregious sin continues to produce pain in the darkness of deceit. It is only when it is brought out into the light that true relief comes. The brothers instantly recognize that this test; i.e. being thrown into prison by Joseph and the request to bring Benjamin, is the consequence of their evil work and blatant dishonesty around Joseph’s life. Although there will be a rush of shame when the lie is finally exposed to the light of truth, the joy that follows will be profound. The ongoing consequences of concealed sin are never worth whatever benefit is perceived by keeping the sin hidden. Deceit fosters fear, anger and true sorrow expressed in a thousand physical maladies. Confession brings cleansing, forgiveness and joy.
Give us the courage to confess our sins to one another that we might truly receive your healing, Father God.