“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”
We’ve all heard the old saying, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” I remember, as a young child, playing at the beach and digging a hole in the sand. It seemed that no matter how fast I dug with my little shovel, the walls of the hole kept falling in. I worked harder and harder, but still, the hole kept filling up. No amount of my own effort was going to make the sand stop creeping in. The same idea can be applied to a life that is being lived with a sin or two still intact. As long as they are unconfessed, they cannot be kept away and will always creep back into our lives.
God’s word tells us that if we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive. But if we refuse to own up to something that we are in perpetual sin over, then that sin will do what it does best: keep popping up in our lives. And as long as it is ever present, we can dig around it all day long, and it will still continue to fill up our lives like sand in a hole that we cannot dig our way out of. As a matter of fact, unconfessed sin often leads us to create other little lies and secrets to cover up that first transgression. Stop letting sin direct your life and confess it to God so that it can be forgiven and put away forever. He is faithful if we just confess.