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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Cover Up (Proverbs 28:13)

"He who conceals his sins does not prosper,
but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy."

Things you don't have to teach children to do (this list is severely shortened due to space):

  • Cop an attitude
  • Make a mess
  • Lie
  • Hide wrong doing
When our youngest son was just a pre-schooler he set the contents in a room of our house on fire. After putting out the fire I went looking for him. Why? He was HIDING! Guilty people hide. In fact, it isn't natural to confess your sins without some kind of confrontation. Mankind has been hiding ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden as seen in Genesis 3:8, "And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden." God's approach to Adam and Eve was their opportunity to confess their sins, but instead Adam blames Eve and God ("The woman You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate."), while Eve blames the serpent.

This verse in Proverbs teaches us that mercy comes to those who honestly deal with their sin. I tried to teach my children that if they came clean on their own they wouldn't be punished though they would suffer the consequences of the wrong done; but if I caught them trying to hide or lying about their wrong doing then they would suffer both punishment and consequences.

As kids learn that parents show mercy to those who confess their sins instead of covering up their sins they will transition that truth into their relationship with God. God shows mercy to those who confess their sins. Life, however, will be exceedingly difficult for those who spend their lives trying to hide from God and from others. Like the flexibility of a green branch, children with a bent toward hiding their guilty deeds can also learn to confess their sins. Parents have a wonderful opportunity to train their children how to deal with sin so that when they are adults they have learned already that God shows mercy to those who confess and renounce their sin.
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading: Proverbs 28:1-30:33
  • What role does the law serve?
  • What do you learn about rulers from today's reading?
  • How do wicked rulers differ from righteous rulers?
  • Four times in today's reading Solomon refers to the LORD. What does he communicate in these proverbs about the Lord?
  • What happens to those who hang out with gluttons and prostitutes?
  • Why are both extremes of wealth and poverty dangerous?
  • How does the writer of chapter 30 use nature to teach wisdom?
Turning truth into prayer
Ask the Lord to help you to resist the temptation to cover your sin instead of confessing and renouncing your sin. Thank Him that He shows mercy to those who are honest and repentant over their sin.