Confess and forsake
Whoever covers their sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Happy is the person who is always reverent, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity/disaster. Proverbs 29:13 & 14
Did you ever try to cover something up? Maybe you made some excuses for why something went wrong to make yourself look innocent in a matter when the truth was you were caught red handed? Today’s verse says that when we confess and turn away from our errors, we will have God’s mercy. Think of it on a grander scale. Making excuses and covering things up is what criminals do. They run and hide after committing a crime. When they do get caught, they have excuses about being a victim of their circumstances. It is rare that a criminal comes right out and confesses. Even when they are pronounced guilty in a court of law, many still will try to justify and cover up the real truth. When we bring this scenario back down to a personal, everyday level, you can see how easy this trap is to fall into. When confronted about a decision made or an action taken, it is easy to blame the decision on the current circumstances. It’s been that way from the beginning. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, their first response was to blame others. In fact, there really isn’t any record that they ever confessed and forsook their sin. Their lives could have taken a different turn if they had fallen on their knees before God and said ”forgive us for we have sinned” Instead, they had to be forced out of the garden and separated from the home that God had given them. God was still merciful, but their hearts were hardened and their lives fell into calamity.
Obviously, this is still going on today. It is a form of pride in that we don’t like to admit when we have done wrong or missed in some way. The truth is God is so gracious and will forgive if we just come clean and admit we were wrong, and most people will be gracious too. Here’s the reality: covering sin + a hardened heart = calamity, disaster and defeat. The good news is that confession + forsaking sin + being reverent and respectful = happiness, success and prosperity.
Today I want to encourage you to forsake sinful habits in your life. Even things as simple as gossiping, complaining and criticizing others. Yes, these are sinful habits, and yes, they will lead to destruction, especially if you want to hide them and hold on to them. Get rid of them and forsake them. Whatever it is that is keeping your heart hard and full of pride, determine to turn away from it right now. Confess these things to your Heavenly Father and receive His forgiveness and unconditional love! He has a successful and happy life for you to live, but you have to first turn away from the things that are against Him.
Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 28