Proverbs 30: King James Bible
Hidden Sin – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty, Verse 20
20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Hidden Sin
Before talking about hidden sin and the adulterous woman, head back and read “Where are we Going?” This will help place our current discussion into its proper context.
Hiding sin and making efforts to pull one over on others is what is going on in the verse above – no matter what the case may be.
What my spouse doesn’t know won’t hurt’em. Cop didn’t see it, I didn’t do it. It’s only a sin if you get caught.
Any of these familiar? If you’ve never heard or thought any of the above, then you’re a better person than I. Throughout the course of my life I’ve both heard and thought all of the above. This isn’t to say I’ve acted on them, but to say the thought hasn’t been there during bygone times of temptation would be a flat out lie.
The temptation of hidden sin is greater than those deemed open and socially acceptable. People default to hidden sin when they’re surrounded by people who would disapprove.
There’s a host of sexually deviant sin that falls into this category. Anything from pedophilia to cheating on one’s spouse, and a variety of perversions in between.
Murder, stealing, cheating, substance abuse, are just a small handful of other sins people keep hidden to the best of their ability.
The fact that the woman is an adulteress immediately implicates sin. She “wipes her mouth,” erasing any evidence of something she just did. Leaving no trace of where she’s been or where she’s going.
“I have done no wickedness.”
Without any chocolate frosting on one’s face, it would be tough to know someone is lying when they deny gorging themselves; Right?
The adulteress eats and wipes her mouth, and denies having eaten. Or rather, she sinned, concealed it and removed evidence, then denies having sinned. Who can say otherwise if the evidence has been wiped away?
This is the reasoning of the four different things that Agur found too wonderful and knew not. Not wonderful in today’s use, but in it’s intended use. Not wonderful as in “WOW!, ” but as in “This is tough, I don’t get it.”
Sin is Never Hidden
The problem with hidden sin is that it doesn’t exist. In fact, there’s no such thing as anything that can be hidden by a person no matter what it is. We can keep sin quiet and out of the public eye for a time. But we’re never the only ones that know what we’ve done behind the scenes.
Hidden sin will be made manifest by the one who’s witnessed our most unavowed secrets. Despite how hard people try, they’ll never escape the presence and eyes of the Lord.
Christians get Caught
This is something that is a blessing for the church, and also a curse for those who think they’ll get away with hidden sin in the church. Though sin may go on and remain hidden for a time, the Lord eventually peels the veil back to expose the wrongdoing.
He does this to Christians harder than he would those who are unsaved, because we’re his kids. We’re called by his name, he won’t be mocked, nor will he hold back chastening those who he loves.
When we repent and sin no more, we’re forgiven and lesson learned. But when we repent and do it all over again, that isn’t repenting, but seeking forgiveness.
One way or the other, the Lord will remove the covering of hidden sin that remains unrepentant. Sure he’s quick to forgive, but if you’re of an unrepentant heart toward the matter, he’ll lead you to to that place of repentance, whether we like it or not.
He’s a parent, Saints. A parent who’s eyes we cannot escape when we think we’re not going to get caught with our hand in the cookie jar.
Related New Testament Scripture
22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
1 Corinthians 6:
8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whore-mongers and adulterers God will judge.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Thank you for the wisdom of your Word, and for making plain to us the things that you’d will for us to know. Forgive us Lord, for any hidden sin that we may harbor. We repent, turn away from them, and look unto you. Cleanse us of any filthiness at heart that you may find, and remove iniquity from our being. Help us to be as a pure and spotless bride, having no wrinkle or spot in your sight. Remove our seared conscious and replace it with the tender and just nature of Christ Jesus. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Would you be found guilty of hidden sin?
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