“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”
Proverbs 28:13 (NLT)
Do you remember the I Love Lucy show? One of my favorite episodes is the one in which Lucy is a spokeswoman for a Vitameatavegamin commercial. I’ve always loved saying that word, and I often used it to encourage our daughter to take her vitamins when she was younger. Despite my use of that funny word at vitamin-taking time, she would still complain about chewing them. One objection that I continue to hear from our daughter, who is 12 now, is that she doesn’t like taking vitamins because they don’t taste good and they’re too hard to chew – even the gummy ones! Although she complains, she reluctantly takes them now, but that has not always been the case.
A few years ago, I was looking for something in our guest room closet and discovered four vitamins neatly lying on the floor in the corner of the closet. They belonged to Caroline, and there was no telling how long they had been there since it had been several months since we had used that particular brand. When I asked her about it, she got really nervous because she knew she had been “found out.” She confessed there were vitamins scattered all around the house except for those that she had thrown into the trash! We began finding vitamins under the cushion of her kitchen chair, under the recliner in the living room, under her bed, and in her closet. She had been hiding vitamins for weeks, and telling me she had taken them.
In Proverbs 28:13, Solomon tells us that the one who hides their sins will not prosper, but those who confess and renounce them will find mercy. Just as Caroline eventually told us that she had hidden all those vitamins, we, too, need to confess our sins to God; otherwise, we will not prosper. By not taking her vitamins, Caroline wasn’t helping her body and by lying about it she was breaking trust with her parents. It’s the same in our relationship with God. When we do what we know we shouldn’t and try to hide it, that sin puts a barrier between us and our heavenly Father. And trying to hide something from him is futile to begin with because he sees everything anyway. But, if we confess our sin, we will receive mercy (1 John 1:9). Just as consequences are inevitable when we sin, God’s mercy is inevitable when we repent.
What are your “hidden vitamins”? If there’s something in your life today that you need to confess, talk to God about it. Let David’s words in Psalm 32 encourage you: “Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.’ And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” (v.5, NLT). When we do this, we can join David in saying, “Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!” (v.2, NLT)