Shabbat Shalom! today we’re going to look at Leviticus 6:1-5. “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying when a person sins and acts unfaithfully against the Lord and deceives his companion in regard to a deposit or a security entrusted to him or through robbery or if he has extorted from his companion or has found what was lost and lied about it and sworn falsely so that he sins in regard to any one of the things a man may do then it shall be, when he sins and becomes guilty that he shall restore what he took by robbery or what he got by extortion or the deposit which was entrusted to him or the lost thing which he found or anything about which he swore falsely he shall make restitution for it in full and add to it one-fifth more He shall give it to the one to whom it belongs on the day he presents his guilt offering. “
In this passage we’re talking about unjust business practices that happens many many times in our day and it happens even among Christians. What the Bible is telling us here is that when we do wrong, we are to confess it and of course because we’re believers in Messiah we’re to ask forgiveness and 1 John 1:7-9 tell us that when we bring our sin in to the light when we confess it when we ask forgiveness His blood is enough He is faithful and just to forgive us from all sin and cleanse us from all iniquity. When we have a problem is when fear captures our lives and instead of bringing into the light that which is wrong, we hide it. There is a lie that many people believe they think that things that are hidden are going to remain hidden the truth is, that never happens when you leave something hidden the enemy will disclose it at an inopportune time.
What I have found to be true everybody has an opportunity to either walk in humility or humiliation and these two are completely different things. Humility is a wise man confessing his true condition before God and a small group of trusted friends and seeking help humiliation is a foolish man waiting until he’s publicly exposed for all to see. We all know in the last few decades that we’ve had prominent Christian ministers who have hidden sin and thought that it would just remain hidden, and the fact of the matter is it never remains hidden and the enemy exposes them at the most inopportune time and humiliates them publicly.
That will be true for every one of us you either have an opportunity to come before the Lord, small group of trusted friends ask for help and be willing to accept the consequences. The other thing that this passage tells us is that we’re to make restitution we’ve stolen from somebody or we’ve done something wrong then we’re to confess it. We’re to make restitution, and again people fear what if I have to go to jail? What if the authorities prosecute me? What we need to understand is that our destiny remains in the hands of the Lord and God uses authorities. God will also grant us favor with authorities when we walk in humility and integrity and honesty before Him.
I know one Christian man in a Christian organization that did wrong, thought he could hide it and in the end it was exposed he ended up in prison for a number of years and it ends up being much much worse. When you try to think you’re not going to get caught and you think you’re just going to be able to continue to hide things. I want to encourage you walk in integrity if you do something wrong confess it, make it right ask forgiveness everybody and every court honors humility everybody and every court will bring a stronger consequence upon those who try to hide and think they’re going to get away with things.
This passage is saying that we’re called as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God to walk in integrity to walk in honesty when we do wrong, to confess it to be willing to accept the consequences of our wrong doing and expect God to give us favor and bring mercy if we do have to appear before magistrates or courts for the wrong doing. The bottom line is people many times trust man instead of trusting God. Do you know you’re destiny is in the hands of God not in the hands of man? The way to break the fear, the “oh this consequence or that consequence is going to happen “ is to come before the Lord confess your idolatry and say “God my destiny is not in the hands of men my destiny is in your hands and Father I trust you with my destiny and my future.”
I’d like to pray on this Sabbath day on this Shabbat this day of rest I’d like to pray for God to expose any idolatry in your heart any area in which you’re trusting in man, rather than trusting in God. By the way this isn’t, I’m not saying men as a gender this is not specific to just men this could be men, women, children, anybody this principle is the same. Let’s pray, Father I thank you for every one of my brothers and sisters watching this devotional today. Father I pray that you’d expose in our hearts where we’re trusting in men, and because of that in fear and covering up and hiding things that need to be exposed. Father I break the power of the fear for every one of us today in the mighty name of Yeshua. God I release a supernatural trust to trust you with our future our destiny, and all that concerns us. Father we place our destiny in your hands and I thank you for your mercy I thank you for forgiveness by the blood of Yeshua. I thank you Father that you will use us powerfully as righteous upstanding men and women of integrity representing you and your Kingdom in this world Father. I pray blessing upon each person watching today Shabbat Shalom! God Bless You.