A telephone salesman called a home and a small child answered the phone just above a whisper. “Hello,” he said.
“Is your mother in?” asked the salesman.
“Yes,” he said in a hushed voice. “But she’s busy.”
“Well,” the salesman continued, “is your father home?”
“Yes,” came the quiet reply. “But he’s busy too.”
Wondering what was going on the salesman asked, “Well, what are they doing?”
“Looking for me,” whispered the child. “I broke my mom’s favorite vase and I’m hiding.”
Hiding is the natural thing to do when we’ve done something that is wrong. It has a long heritage going back to the Garden of Eden when Adam said, to God, “I heard you, so I hid.” Facing the Lord is not pleasant even though we know that He loves and will willingly forgive us if we ask.
Often when we are guilty of being disobedient or knowingly commit a sin, we fear approaching Him. But that is the time we need Him the most. We need to remember that He does not want to hurt us but to heal us. He is anxious to forgive us, restore our relationship with Him and grant us His pardon and peace. “If we confess, He is faithful and just to forgive.”
Prayer: We know, Heavenly Father, that we do what is unacceptable to You when we sin. May we be swift to confess and repent and forsake what we know is wrong. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.