Proverbs 12 7-12-20

What will it take for you to be desperate for Jesus? How bad do things have to get before you’ll come to Him?

9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

Let’s be honest: We aren’t honest by nature. Our flesh wants to boast, so we pretend, we lie, and we create bubbles of illusion in order for people to think more highly of us. I’ve done it before–and how humiliating it is to have to ‘fess up to the truth. At the same time, isn’t it liberating once the truth is out there? All of a sudden, we are free of the tangled webs of deceit and we can now worship the LORD in righteousness and truth.

King David is a prime example of the freeing nature of truth. When David is confronted by the prophet Nathan for his sin of adultery with Bathsheba, pregnancy, and subsequent “murder” of her husband, David repented publicly. Even so, the consequences of his sin extended to his family beginning with the child dying and culminating in the rape of his daughter by another son, the murder of that son by Absalom, and then the rebellion of Absalom (2 Samuel 12:1-18:17). Yet, David knew to come clean with God, and God forgave him. Their relationship was restored.

David wrote psalm 51 out of meekness of heart and true repentance. His honesty brought him close to God once again. Here are some key verses from that psalm:

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast [right] spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me [we have His promise on this one].
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

As we can see, honesty is truly the best policy with the LORD. Let’s be honest with Him this morning as we head into worship. He KNOWS our hearts, so there’s no need to hide anything or to pretend. He wants to help us, to heal us, to guide us, and to be with us. It’s our pride and our strong wills that keep us from being set free to fellowship with Him. TODAY’S THE DAY. LET’S GET RIGHT WITH GOD.

“Give it up; Let it go; Throw it down.”

Abba, even as You asked for Moses’ rod, You ask for my life and for the rights to my life. I willingly give them to You. All I do is make a mess of things. Not only that, I’m never happy when I’m in charge: Things go differently than I want them to and I get mad; then I start lashing out at people. It’s ugly–I’m ugly. I need You. “Take my life and form it; take my mind, transform it; take my will, conform it to Yours, to Yours, O LORD.” Have Your way in me today. Amen.

 

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