Scripture: Proverbs 28 (focus on v. 13)
Observation: We’ll never prosper if we try to cover up what’s really going on in our lives. Instead, we prosper when we’re open and honest with others around us.
Application: Who’s ready for some real talk today? Here’s mine: I recently had a terrible outbreak of acne, far worse than anything I’d had for the past few years. One morning, I woke up and noticed a pimple on my check… then all of the sudden, there was a massive one near my eyebrow, another one close to my jawline, another on my forehead. If I was 18 instead of 28, I probably would have skipped out on life and stayed home for a week to hide.
But alas, I’m a real person with real responsibility so hiding under the covers wasn’t an option. What was an option? Cover-up – and lots of it. I used that stuff generously all week long, covering up everything I could and attempting to look like my best self.
With acne, I think using a whole bottle of cover-up is okay (albeit super expensive). But when it comes to our lives? Covering up what’s really happening is never the right option.
When it comes to our everyday lives, trying to pour a bottle of cover-up all over our issues only leads to frustration, hurt, and disappointment.
The writer of Proverbs puts it like this:
“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” (v. 13)
What’s in us that God wants to receive, revive, and pour his mercy over that we’re trying to conceal?
In honesty, there is freedom.
Prayer: God, I pray for a spirit of honesty to characterize me the way it does you… even when it’s hard and doesn’t make me look good. Help me keep inviting you into every place of my life. Amen.