Joshua 7:18 – Then Joshua said to Aachan, “My son, give glory to the LORD God of Israel and give praise to him. And tell me what you have now done; do not hide it from me.”
Lord Jesus, sometimes I forget how much you hate sin, even the ones that seem small and remain hidden. Who would have noticed what Aachan had done? Who would it have hurt if Aachan had taken what he had taken? It hurt you. It angered you. Aachan was stealing glory from you when he coveted those things and took them to be his in complete disregard for your clear Word. That’s what sin is. It’s stealing glory from you who demands that glory and praise be given to nothing and to no one except you. It’s falling short of the full perfection and the full obedience that you expect. To deny my sin and to minimize it’s seriousness is to call you, O God, a liar. Lead me to come clean before you and to give back the glory that is yours as the one and only true God. Teach me to confess my sin with a full knowledge of its seriousness and severity. Break my heart with the knowledge that I have stolen glory from you by my sin. But then restore joy to me. Restore me again to your side and to your family. You promise me Lord, that when I confess my sin that you will forgive me and purify me from all unrighteousness. Teach me to come clean with all my sins before you and you will make me clean from all my sins. Amen.