Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Den of Iniquity by Martin Wiles

Though cute snuggled in his “den,” approaching too closely will uncover bared teeth, a bark, and-if necessary, a sharp crunch on the finger.

Our Chihuahua demonstrates perfectly the traits of the breed-possessive, selfish, habitual, loving to friends but vicious toward anyone intervening in his cozy world. Burrowing is also one of his habits. Whether underneath the bed covers, beneath his favorite blanket, or buried in a throw, he loves to snuggle and be covered while doing it. But his den quickly becomes iniquitous when invaded.

I’m similar. I burrow by dismissing unkind thoughts as normal, by performing charitable acts with ulterior motives, and by pretending to love everyone when I struggle even to like some folks. When confronted about the true strands of my nature, I bare my angry teeth, lash out, and often deny the accusations.

John states the problem and the solution. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves….But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us (I John 1:8-9 NLT). Some imagine God as a grandfatherly type who enjoys watching his children blunder through life while overlooking their foibles as normal behavior. When they finally reach the pearly gates, he’ll growl, “We’ll just forget your intentional groveling in the den of iniquity. Come on in.”

Confession exposes our dens and admits we’ve failed God-who by the way doesn’t overlook sin. Denying our sin allows the true traits of our nature to surface while confession gives them to God who alone can heal and show us a better way. Initial confession brings the forgiveness Christ purchased on Calvary; continual confession keeps us in a healthy relationship with our Heavenly Father and out of the dens of iniquity. Confession is good for the soul. What’s concealed in your den that needs uncovering?

Prayer: Motivate us merciful Lord to confess our sins rather than attempt to conceal them from You and others so that we can live in a way that pleases You and shines the light of forgiveness and righteousness to others.