Good evening y’all. Today we are studying Proverbs 28.
Be blessed 🙂
Verse 9 and 13 stood out for me today.
“God has no use for the prayers of the people who won’t listen to him” (V9 MSG).
“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy” (V13 NLT).
“You can’t whitewash your sins and get by with it; you find mercy by admitting and leaving them” (V13 MSG) .
God has no use of the prayer of someone who doesn’t obey him. Disobedience shows we do not love God and do not revere Him. We cant act and walk outside of His will and expect him to bless us and answer all our prayers. That’s just taking liberties.
I remember growing up, my mum used to tell us that if we are good and obedient kids, then she will buy us gifts or allow us go out to play for a while. some days i test my boundaries and i purposely disobey even though i have been warned ( i bet you did as well 🙂 ). Sometimes when i do this, mum would have mercy and still let me have the gift or go out to play, but 9 out of 10 times she doesn’t. On those occasion, I am usually so sad and wish i had just obeyed and didn’t take a gamble hoping she would still give the gift or allow me play outside.
I feel its a similar way with us and God. He has laid out instructions for us to obey and there are consequences when we disobey them. He has equipped us with all that we need to be able to live a godly life. Now its left to us to decide if we want to obey or not.
God can choose to answer our prayers even if we are disobedient, but is that a gamble we want to take. Its just like how i used to gamble hoping my mum would give me the gift even though i have disobeyed her instructions. God says “For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose” (Exo 33:19), but we shouldn’t take this for granted. What if God decides He is not showing mercy today? It is better to do the right thing than doing the wrong thing and hoping you will be lucky.
We are not perfect and at one point or the other we probably will disobey God. At that point we need to go back and confess our sins and not hide them or continue to wile away in them. Verse 13 tells us if we hide our sins we wont prosper, but if we confess and turn away from them we will find mercy. God is always ready to forgive us and take us back every time we make a mistake but we have to make the first step of going back to him and admitting we were wrong in the first place.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (KJV).
Verse 13 didn’t end at confess your sins. It says we also have to turn away from them. We cant keep saying we are sorry and already plotting how we going to repeat the sin again. That’s not repentance!!!!
Lets stop playing games with God. If we genuinely mean it, lets turn away completely from our sins. Grace is available to us today, all we need to do is tap into it.
Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to share your thoughts on the chapter.
Have a blessed evening 🙂
***With God all things are possible***