Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 15

Key Verse: “Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded. –  1 Samuel 15:14

There is a story of a young boy named Jack, who stayed at his grandmother’s house. One day, his grandmother made some beautiful chocolate cupcakes. Jack was desperate to eat one, but his grandmother said he had to wait until after lunch. When the phone rang in the hallway, Jack saw his opportunity, “surely she won’t miss one cupcake.” He ate one as quickly and rearranged the cupcakes so no one could tell one was missing.

A few moments later, his grandmother returned to the kitchen and said in a stern voice, “Jack, have you ate one of the cupcakes?” “No!” Jack replied. “Tell me the truth.” His grandmother demanded. Jack got annoyed, “I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?” His grandmother didn’t say a word, but left the room and returned with a mirror. Showing Jack his face; covered in chocolate, she said “Now, tell me the truth!”

In today’s reading, Saul greeted Samuel declaring, “I have carried out the Lord’s command!” But Samuel replied, “Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?”

We can not hide our sins as good as we believe. You may think nobody knows about your affair or your cheating, but the truth is people know. Even if we could hide your sins from everyone else, we could never hide them from God. Jeremiah 16:17 says, “I am watching them closely, and I see every sin. They cannot hope to hide from me.” We must learn from Saul’s mistake and not hide our sins but “confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 John 1:19).

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