Today’s Scripture – Psalm 19:12, Genesis 42-45
Part of David’s prayer in Psalm 19 is his request for forgiveness of hidden faults—areas people hide because they know they’re not pleasing to God. A hidden fault is more serious than an error because people are aware it exists. It’s just easier to hide than repent.
Consider Joseph’s brothers. They knew it was wrong to mistreat Joseph and deceive their father. Rather than repent, they lived their lives around a well-protected lie.
Our greatest friend is the Holy Spirit, because He shows us hidden faults. He is always kind and compassionate, gently reminding us that what we are doing in secret is not pleasing to God. When we respond to the Spirit’s conviction, His kindness leads to repentance.
I believe the Spirit always begins His work privately, gently showing us our hidden faults and giving us time to respond to His conviction. However, if we don’t respond, that which is hidden won’t remain hidden for long. Joseph’s brothers learned the hard way when God used a wide-spread famine to drive them to Egypt where they came face-to-face with Joseph and their deceit.
How much better to act immediately when the Lord taps us on the shoulder and points out a hidden fault.
- How do you respond when the Holy Spirit prompts you to deal with a hidden fault?
- How can you help others appreciate the Spirit’s conviction?