Hello again, JB here, campus pastor of Littleton. The journey through Proverbs has been really challenging. There is nothing better than hearing from God’s word each day.
I remember being in the 7th grade (you know, the awkward years) and it did not matter how much deodorant I wore. It never seemed to help. Come on people, you know what I am talking about. Anyway, it was 7th grade and everyday during lunch we looked forward to the Lunch Truck (like a Taco Truck but with everything a Jr. Higher would want). The Lunch Truck was our beacon of hope, carrying with it hamburgers, corn dogs, candy, and everything else healthy and delicious. We would wait with mounting anticipation as it made the turn into the parking lot. You could smell the greasy goodness coming down the drive!
One day as the Lunch Truck was coming around the corner, I didn’t have a dime to my name, and I could not be the kid hanging at the Truck not buying anything! What was I going to do? So, I did the unthinkable: I stole a Butterfinger. At first, it felt okay. But, I remember feeling more guilty as the day went on. I was having the internal struggle, and kept thinking…“What would my dad say?” I knew what I needed to do.
Proverbs 28:13 “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
Something in each of us strongly resists admitting it when we are wrong. Today, it is time to get honest and open with God. Even though He knows what we have done, God wants us to talk with Him about it so He can help. David’s prayers in Psalm 32 and 51 provide a great model for us on confession of sin. (Check them out!)
So, I mustered up my 7th grade courage and confessed my crime. I had some consequences for stealing the candy bar (a nice leather belt to my backside). But, I felt freedom and a weight lifted after confessing.
Today, be willing to admit you are wrong, and to change your direction where necessary. And remember, the sooner we confess, the sooner we can experience God’s forgiveness and mercy.