March 28, 2020
Like most of the Proverbs, chapter 28 uses the method of contrasting the good and the bad in order to get the point across. We are great at looking at these verses and saying inwardly, “I am sure glad that doesn’t apply to me as I am never like that.” But the Holy Spirit is faithful in pricking my conscience and making me look at myself honestly through the eyeglasses of His Word. This is what happened to me today as I read verses 13-14. Proverbs 28:13-14closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST', “Whoever conceals his transgression will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. 14 Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.(ESV)
I like to think that I leave my heart and mind open to the leading of the Holy Spirt when it comes to confessing my sins and forsaking or repenting of them when He convicts me. However, if no one sees or knows it is easy to let it slide until I get caught or I am in trouble. Then I cry out for forgiveness and mercy like a child who has stuck a toy in an electrical outlet and get shocked. When the pain hits, I am quick to seek the comfort of the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy. Verse 14 reminds me that if I am blessed if I learn to walk in the reverence or fear of the Lord always keeping a clear conscience. If I let things slide, I can develop a hardened heart that will fall into calamity and miss the mercy, love and forgiveness of the Lord.
Father help me walk before you with an open heart and mind, allowing the Holy Spirit to convict, cleanse and apply Your mercy and grace to my life. May I be willing to confess and forsake my sins quickly. Lead me to walk in the fear and reverence of Your presence in my life that I might be blessed by You and enjoy living in Your grace and love. Amen Pastor Rob