Today’s Scripture: Psalm 19:13; Genesis 27:13, Acts 13:22
When hidden faults are ignored, they become willful sins. A person may think he is successful in disguising a secret sin. However, when sin is embraced, it creates internal change that affects external actions. Soon a person commits bolder, more willful sins with little regard to the cost.
Remember when Rebekah helped Jacob plot their deceptive scheme against Isaac? Jacob expressed concern that if he was caught impersonating Esau, he would be inviting a curse on himself. Rebekah glibly responded, “Let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say . . .” She had reached a point of sinning with no concern about the penalty. Once a person has no fear of consequences, he has no fear of God.
David prayed, “Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.” No wonder he was called a man after God’s heart.
- What characteristics did David have that God considered him a man after His heart? What qualities do you possess that would cause the Lord to say the same about you?
- At what point should a person stop the progression before he becomes guilty of willful sins?