Through the Bible, October 18

Reading: 1 Corinthians 4

Summary: The discussion of divisions in the church and the role of ministers such as Apollos and Paul as “stewards of the mysteries of God” (v. 1) continues. Their need is to not “go beyond what is written” (v. 6). Also an attitude of arrogance is showing up among them and threatens their already feeble unity (vv. 6, 18).

Devotional Thought:

How Well Can You Hide?

When confronted by a mistake, what do you do; particularly one that nobody has to point out to you, you know you’ve done wrong?

There is something in us that motivates us to just hide it, ignore it, or otherwise act as if it doesn’t exist. Why is it so hard for us to own up to our own sin?

King David is a classic example of attempting to cover over one’s sin in his encounter with Bathsheba and its aftermath (see 2 Sam. 11:1-12:25). It just doesn’t work. It took a while for him to face that reality, and for some people, it may take even longer.

The Bible says, though, that when Jesus comes He will “bring to light the things now hidden in darkness, and will disclose the purposes of the heart” (1 Cor. 4:5). We may keep some things about ourselves from others and do so very well, but we can keep nothing from God.

The answer is found in Psalm 32:3-5. “For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night, your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.”

If we willingly and freely confess, there’s nothing for Jesus to reveal.

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