February 11, 2018

Confess – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Since sin began, back in the Garden of Eden, man has been foolishly trying to conceal sin. We are ashamed. We don’t want anyone to know. When we are really ashamed we really don’t want people to know what we have done. So, the understandable reaction is to cover up. The desperation to conceal often leads to foolish conduct. “Let’s get behind this bush so God can’t see us.” We snicker, and then say to ourselves regarding our own sin, “Pretend nothing happened. Everything will be fine. No one will ever know.” Satan whispers absurd rationalizations into our ears that seem very reasonable. “After all, if this gets out, it will hurt my influence for good. I will never be able to face my church family. My life will never be the same.”

Absurd conduct often proceeds to the really bizarre. Recall that King David committed a terrible sin and did his best to cover it up (II Samuel 12). Bathsheba’s noble husband (the victim) foiled David’s desperate, almost laughable shenanigans to conceal. So, murder appeared to be the only reasonable thing to do.

It took divine wisdom forcefully expressed through the prophet Nathan to penetrate David’s calloused defenses, but imagine a more typical approach. “David, it would be wise for you to confess your sin.” “What?” “You think that makes sense?” “You have to be crazy.” (Murdering the honorable, self-sacrificing husband is obviously much smarter.) David, along with thousands who have followed since, would respond, “No! No! No! That would be stupid.”

Man says we ought to cover. God says we ought to confess. Nathan explained that man’s proposed course is very different from God’s.

“For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” (II Samuel 12:12)

No matter how it sounds or feels, this was God’s wisdom.

Foolishness of our cover up “wisdom” is exposed when we understand and face the uncomfortable reality of God’s penetrating, pervasive all-seeing eyes.

“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:13)

Nathan’s powerful confrontation forced David to see his foolishness and to acknowledge God’ wisdom.

“O God, it is You who knows my folly, And my wrongs are not hidden from You.” (Psalm 69:5)

“I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin.” (Psalm 32:5)

We should learn from this and many other Old Testament examples that humility and confession of sin is required to approach our holy God. These lessons bring us to Christ who, through His inspired ambassadors bring the point home.

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another…” (James 5:16)

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)

Consider the vivid picture of this difficult lesson, illustrated in Jesus’ parable of the “prodigal son.”

“But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! ‘I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”’ “So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:17-20)

God’s wisdom is truly

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