When Samuel reached him, Saul said, "The LORD bless you! I have carried out the LORD's instructions."
But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?" 1 Samuel 15:13-14
I was given a great example of this last night; my youngest son was showing us his school work from the week…pretty impressive…all A's, plus a few test that were over a 100 because of bonus points! He must get it from his mom. "I have carried out the instructions."
Then my wife went to put something in the trash…"what's this?" He had put two Science test in the trash…a 50 and a 40…ok, now he's like me!
Ever been there? You thought no one would find out, but your disobedience is screaming from the trash can, "hey, look over here!"
The sad thing about our deception is that we soon start to think we got by with it or worse we start to believe it was ok. We start deceiving ourselves, we start believing the lies we tell, which causes us to lose the ability to tell the difference between truth and lies. We may be able to deceive ourselves, but…
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Gal 6:7
Our disobedience will cry out until it's discovered…
"But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23
What's hiding in your trash can?
Maybe, it's time to take out the trash and quit deceiving yourself.
Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. James 5:16-17 (MSG)