Honesty and obedience are highly esteemed in this chapter, but it is verse 13 that rings out to me today:
13 People who conceal their sins will notwhich reminds me of 1 John 1:9:
prosper, but if they confess and turn from
them, they will receive mercy.
You see, the theology of the cross is counter-intuitive to this world, because the instinct is to hide our sin (e.g., Adam and Eve), but it is through the humble act of confession and pleading for mercy that God breaks our heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh (Ez. 11:19).
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
Heavenly Father, I confess to you that I am prideful and sinful. I am rebelious and dirty. Please forgive me and sanctify me; make me holy as You are holy. Lord, I want to honor you with my life - through honesty and obedience. Amen.