This web site is focused on gleaning a "gold nugget" from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the current day of the month. The idea was first proposed to me years ago. After trying it, I found myself seeing the scenarios described in proverbs in my daily living. The option for making wiser decisions was becoming more apparent. The Book of Wisdom has lived up to its billing. Proverbs should not be the entirety of your bible reading, but it can be a valuable part of your daily discipline.
The Cover Up
Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 28
who covers his sins will not prosper,but whoever confesses and
forsakesthemwill have mercy.”
If we were in an
Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, we would begin by saying, “Hello, my name is ___
and I am an alcoholic”. It’s an
underlining principle that the individual comes to terms with their weakness.
As we discussed in the devotion entitled, “An Intervention”,
all works of the flesh fall under the heading of “Sin”. All sin (large or small) ends in death. If I avoid repentance towards God, I will inherit death. This is according
to the scriptures, but death from sin does not always wait until the end. If I
engage in the sin of adultery, I could inherit the death of a marriage. If I
engage in stealing, I could inherit the death of my freedom. Simply said, sin
is destructive and does not always wait for the end before death starts to
spread in our lives, relationships and so on.
A fool will weigh the death of a marriage against the present pleasures
and allow death to creep in. Sin and its deadly destruction will take more than
you bargain for. Many of us have the wrong attitude towards sin. We measure how
big the sin is, when actually it all has the same end. I don’t want to die of a
slow agonizing death any more than I want to die from a fall off a building.
They both end in death. Sin is sin and I don’t want to deny or cover it up. I
would rather confess it and have it removed far from me. I don’t want to be
like the man in today’s “gold nugget”. “He
who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them
will have mercy.”
Lord, I thank you for how true you have been to
me. I am grateful for the revealing affect the Light of your Word has in showing
me the sin in my life and I purpose to allow your grace and mercy to provoke