Read John 4:13-19
“For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly” (v. 18).
It is a common thing in the news, especially in election years. This or that politician stands with head bowed, admits to an extramarital affair, and withdraws from the race. You might think that after having seen so many die political deaths over sexual misconduct that all those interested in public office would be especially careful to avoid it. The list, however, continues to grow. Why did these men even attempt a candidacy when they were behaving indiscreetly? They, like so many of us, forget that no matter how secret our sins seem to be, they will be found out.
God is never fooled by our attempts to hide sin. We may try to overlook it, explain it away, talk around it, or even lie about it, but God sees, He knows, and He prods our consciences until we either admit our sin or turn away from Him entirely.
Are you trying to hide sins in your life? Are there things about which you do not like to pray? Take time today to ask God to search you and reveal to you any hidden sins. (Karen Speak)

Search me, O God, and know my heart today.
Try me, O Savior; know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from ev’ry sin, and set me free. — J. Edwin Orr

“Be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23).

This week's featured devotional is from the Wednesday, January 28, 2015 entry of Opening the Word.

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