I recently had an experience in class which brought Proverbs 28:13 to mind: “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” So what was the event. I had a student texting (contrary to college rules) under her desk, “being sly” (by which I mean totally obvious). I told her to bring the phone up to the front. Her response was to quickly slip it into her bag, and questioning “What phone? I don’t have a phone.”
Okay, many people today cannot survive more than a few hours without their e-fix, but the issue here is that she was missing a lesson on exam specific material. Her “concealing:” a) was as obvious as our sins are to God, b) by missing key information she is (in exam terms) setting herself up to “not prosper.”
The parallel, I realise, is weak. But the principle of denying guilt, thinking it will excuse it remains one we all can learn from. I have never texted in class, but I have doodled, day-dreamed, and otherwise not been as attentive as I should have been. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
Lord, help me to see the plank in my own eye, rather than the specks of others. Lord help me in so doing be ready to confess and seek mercy.