Proverbs 28: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Meditation for the Day

Tom Fox

Proverbs 28:13

 “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”

 The term cover-up is a common colloquialism that everybody understands. In fact, it permeates the news media almost on a weekly basis. Somebody is accused of covering up their actions that will haunt them or find them guilty of the transgression in the cover-up. In the meditation of verse thirteen today, I want to draw your attention to three words: conceal, confess, and forsake. The contrast of these words is quite remarkable. First, concealing transgression is literally covering up one’s sin. One might think, “if no one knows about this, I’m good.” Proverbs 28:26 clearly states that if one trusts in his/her own thinking they are a fool. One can easily fall into the trap of concealing sin thinking no one knows. Humanly speaking, this may be true, however; God knows the heart (Jer. 20:12; Acts 1:24; Rev. 2:23).

Second, notice that confession and forsaking go together. They must go together. Confession is not enough. Forsaking sin is the action God desires for each of us to strive toward holiness (Matt. 5:6; Heb. 12:14). Forsaking sin is leaving that sin behind. If one continues in a pattern of sin thinking they can conceal it (do it privately) and confess it – that they are good with God. It is not pleasing to God because one has not forsaken that sin (1 Jn.3:8-10). However, if one confesses and forsakes sin, they will obtain God’s mercy – God withholding what we deserve: judgment. Pro. 28:14 provides further insight. “Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.” As we meditate on these words today, I want you to ask yourself: Am I concealing any sin? Am I continuing a pattern of sin deceiving myself? Or, am I confessing and forsaking my sin? Fight the good fight and flee from sin! (1 Tim. 6:11-12).

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