Meditations by John Dean

Monday, January 14, 2013

Your Sins Will Find You Out

(Numbers 32:23 KJV) But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

From the beginning of time man has tried to hide from his wrongdoings. When Adam sinned against God, the first thing he did was to try to hide from Him. I find it interesting that Adam thought that hiding from God was a better “first choice” than just coming right out and lying to Him. Adam apparently knew that his sin had changed his appearance and that would be a dead giveaway of his wrong doing.

According to our text it is impossible for one to get by with sinning against God, and yet we keep trying.

What is in mankind that makes him so deceitful? After all, he was made in the image of God and God is righteous and truth. Perhaps when God gave man his own free will He found that man enjoyed the exciting adventures of Satan rather than the routine righteousness of God. The result of man’s fleshly decision to sin in the Garden of Eden carried with it all the elements that would be needed for all future sins.

Even though man has the free will to sin he will never get away with it because according to our text “your sin will find you out.”

The example I am going to share is certainly not the result of sin, but rather that of                                                                                                                              being found out. The point our text is communicating is that one never really gets by with anything…much less sin.

The other day I was using a Weed-eater in my garden area and it kicked up a rock and broke the glass in our patio door. I called the glass company to come and install the new glass. Before they got to our house, I put our two little dogs (Baxter and Bonnie) out in our back yard so they would not be under foot of the glass people.

Sometime later my wife returned home and let Baxter and Bonnie back in the house. The first thing they did when they were inside the house was to go sit side by side in front of her and start talking doggie talk to her and looking back and forth at me. She said, “What did you do to them?…nothing…well you did something to them and they are telling me all about it.” The only thing I had done was to put them outside while the glass people were there. They did not like it, so they were telling on me the best way they could.

I thought to myself, when your dogs start telling on you then that is the last straw.  The point is, it is impossible to hide anything from God whether our dogs tell on us or not because our sins are bound to find us out.

This is the reason the Holy Spirit convicts us when we do we can repent rather than adjust. Adjusting to sin hardens the heart and soon one does not know the difference between right and wrong.

Thank You that our sins do find us out...because without the convicting of the Holy Spirit we would never mature and learn to live right before You. We realize Lord that “our righteousness is as filthy rags,” but when we commit our lives to You then You can be righteous in us.

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