Today’s Scripture: Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression PsalmĀ 19:11-14

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? A word of wisdom to those tempted to partake of the covert-cookie-stealing operation. In a family of ten, the thief is in luck, after all, who is really going to know in a group that size? Stealing chocolate chips in a family of seven…you’ve got to have a convincingly innocent face. In a family of five you have to be pretty slick to pull off anything undercover. If you’re in a family of three, as the only child…forget about it! Don’t even try.

You may have your own little ones who like to try this trick, and you already have your guess on when the next attempt will be. Our Heavenly Father doesn’t need to guess what our adult sins are. He knows each disobedient action, every wicked thought, and each unresolved grudge. It is not a guessing game for Him. Those secret sins are no secret.

How do we fall into secret sins? It seems as though they grab hold of us little by little until we feel helpless in escaping. The devil has a very persuasive way of convincing us that it’s okay. And if we allow his whispers to grow stronger in our ears, we eventually become blind to the wrong we are doing. We cannot win over sin on our own. We must ask ourselves, “Am I spending time alone with the Lord?”

Often, we feel so busy and figure, ‘well I was at church three times this week, plus I helped in children’s church, and I even visited a church member in the hospital.‘ Friend, service does not equal spirituality. You can serve the Lord until you are exhausted, but if you do not cultivate your personal walk with Him, you are in danger of succumbing to those secret sins. Satan knows your weak points, and he will do all he can to snag you into them. God’s Word will keep your heart from becoming hardened; it will soften your soul to conviction and reproof, guide your steps and uplift you.

God is your strength and your redeemer-let Him cleanse and relieve you of those secret sins today.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder