Come Clean

June 7th, 2012

RG AUDIO 0607121 Samuel 3:10-4:1a

We have all experienced the sinking feeling when we did something wrong; sooner or
later, we know will be held accountable. We can either own up to what we did or
we can wait for the inevitable consequences.

Eli knew it was coming, he just didn’t know when it would happen. He had failed to
restrain his sons, and in the process they had strayed far from the Lord.
Certainly Eli’s sons exercised their own free will in rebelling against the
Lord, but Eli, too, did wrong when he knowingly avoided disciplining his sons
when he had the opportunity. The result was God’s judgment.

While Eli rightly accepted the judgment of God, things may have been different for
him if, instead of waiting for the inevitable, he started to deal with what he
had done wrong.

“If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins”
(1 John 1:9a), but if we
ignore our sins, we are simply waiting for the inevitable. Now is the time to
come clean.

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