Daily Reflections

Cover or Confess?

March 7, 2024 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy. —Proverbs 28:13

We cannot sin against God and just move on as if nothing’s happened without our spiritual growth being stymied. We cannot prosper spiritually until we humbly acknowledge our sin before God and, where necessary, to others. This is why confession is such an important means of grace in our lives.

David knew from painful experience what it was like to live under the weight of unconfessed sin (Psalm 32:3–4). Not until he was willing to step into the light and uncover his sin did David experience the joy of being forgiven and clean once again.

Because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sin, God is willing to cover with His mercy every sin that we’re willing to uncover. But He will ultimately expose every sin that we’re unwilling to bring into the light.

What a wonderful provision God has made for us to apply the cleansing blood of Jesus to our defiled consciences and to receive mercy as we humble ourselves and confess our sin.


The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings ©2012 Nancy Leigh DeMoss

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Make it Personal

Take the opportunity to bring any unconfessed sins into the light—to exchange the weight of guilt for the freedom of a clear conscience.