January 18 - Hidden.
“A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.”
Slothfulness causes us to hide something.
When we attempt to hide whatever it is that we are self-conscious or even ashamed about, we often forget that nothing can be hidden from God.
“Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.”
Scorn must be condemned and rejected from our lives.
Whether it comes from within us or we receive it from others, we must choose to seek the Truth rather than opinions. We can find good in the reproof of our critics; we must only allow the Lord to help us discern what Truth we can learn from them.
“He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.”
Shame is caused when we forget the reproach that our sin has on those who are closest to us. The sin in our lives does not only affect us; its consequences radiate onto people we would never dream of hurting otherwise.
Ask the Lord to reveal any slothfulness, scorning or shame that you are harboring in your life today. Allow Him to wash you from any sin that hinders your walk with Him.
“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Genesis 35-36 | John 18 | Proverbs 18
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