Vantage Point: Sins in Your Pocket
By Ken Horn
Mar. 10, 2013
“Be sure your sin will find you out.” — Moses (Numbers 32:23, NKJV)
The life of crime was going well. Stanley*, a 40-year-old serial thief, had pulled off a number of heists without a hitch and had plans for several more. He was good at what he did. And he talked about it … a lot. But always in a safe place. He was successful and careful. His career was looking up.
Until a police car arrived at his home one day and the officers took him into custody.
Turns out a common mistake that many of us make became Stanley’s downfall. I’ve done it myself. It’s called pocket dialing — accidentally dialing a number on your cell phone. It’s often the latest one you dialed. It can also be one that is set for ease of dialing.
That was the case for Stanley. And the number he pocket dialed — repeatedly — was 911.
Moses spoke this caution — “Be sure your sin will find you out” — to the tribes of Reuben and Gad when they asked if they could stay on the other side of the Jordan River while the rest of Israel took up residence in Canaan. Moses agreed, as long as they helped win the Promised Land in battle. If they failed to fulfill their promise, he told them, the Lord would know.
The premise is universal. No matter what kind of sin anyone tries to hide, the Lord knows about it, and it will eventually be brought to light.
It may not be with a cell phone, like the serial thief, but there are many ways to pocket dial … and unintentionally reveal the sin or hypocrisy hidden in your heart. And while pocket dialing may be revealing, God doesn’t need it. He already knows the most embarrassing things you’d never want anyone to find out.
Better to confess and forsake them now, and receive His forgiveness (1 John 1:9). It’s far better to get out from under the weight of hidden sin than to try to conceal it.
So, what’s in your pocket?
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