One day, Brian ditched school to go to a San Francisco Giants game.
He walked to school, went to his first class and snuck off campus, right after the next bell rang. He boarded a city bus and rode across town to the ballpark—where he watched an awesome ballgame, ate hot dogs, got an autographed baseball and saw the Giants win.
But the next morning, Brian’s exciting “ditch day” unraveled, when his father asked, “Son, how was school yesterday?” Brian muttered, “Okay.” His dad probed more, “Were you at school all day?” With a sheepish grin, Brian looked at his father, and said, “Yeah, I was at school.”
Deftly, Brian tried to spin his web of deception even more. Without saying a word, Brian’s father pointed to a photo on the front page of the Sports section. It was an up-close snapshot of Brian at the Giants game—hanging over the dugout fence, getting Willie May’s autograph!
He got caught telling a lie. He could no longer hide what he did because his “ditch day” was exposed and framed in a black and white photo for everyone to see.
Honestly (pun intended!), we struggle with a propensity to deceive God and scam others. We try to cover up when we mess up—and think we can get away with it. We try to sweep what we say and do under the rug—and pretend God doesn’t see it. But we’re only kidding ourselves.
God isn’t blind or dumb. He sees every wrong choice. He hears every wrong word. He knows every wrong thought. God isn’t duped by our best attempts to deceive him and others.
Often, we face awful consequences to our wrong, foolish and sinful choices. But thankfully, God is gracious. He forgives and restores repentant deceivers and reckless sinners.
Abraham lied to a king and pretended Sarah was his sister. Achan hid some stolen treasure inside his tent and told Joshua it wasn’t there. David tried to hide his adultery with Bathsheba by tricking and killing her husband Uriah. Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 silver coins.
Like the others, David suffered the consequences of sin, and later wrote, “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD—and you forgave the guilt of my sin’ ” (Psalm 32:5). God graciously forgave David.
John spotlighted our glaring need to confess (say the same thing God says about) our sins, when he wrote, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God graciously forgives us.
God is everywhere present at once. He knows what we think, sees what we do and hears what we say. He’s always standing with open arms, ready to forgive, restore and encourage us.
Know this, no matter how far we fall, we can’t escape the reach of God’s amazing grace—and no matter how far we run, we can’t outdistance the depth of his love!