(This post was originally published several months ago. The website needed to be taken down temporarily for personal reasons, but I’ve brought it back now.)
This is my first shot at revitalizing this website after a long hiatus. The previous version of Ek Pyros was on the heavy side in terms of readability, and probably not ultimately profitable. I was younger in years and maturity at the time. This time around, I will do my best to keep the focus more on the scriptures and to keep my own commentary more concise. After all, the scriptures speak for themselves since they are living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). This blog may end up just being for my own edification (I learn much more from the scriptures when I try to explain them to others), but I sincerely hope that others find a good word here for themselves as well.
With that said, I have been keenly aware of how brilliant the Proverbs are lately and would like to start with one here:
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. (Proverbs 10:9)
To be found out is to be exposed or to be known for what one truly is. It involves the idea of having one’s actions scrutinized and judged. The man of integrity lives in stability and peace, while the wicked man will ultimately be seen for what he is. This warning is seen throughout scripture (cf. Numbers 32:23 – “be sure your sin will find you out”).
This verse indicates the intentional forsaking of truth and righteousness on the part of the wicked man, and is contrasted with the intentional upright living of the man of integrity. Making one’s way crooked implies intention or effort, just as living with integrity requires intention and effort. These are two opposite styles of life which lead to two opposite outcomes.
This verse does not necessarily involve secret sin, but it certainly applies to those evil deeds which we try to hide. The wicked man is at least self-deceived in thinking that he can sin without ramifications. He cannot conceal his ways forever, nor can he avoid their wages. The path of the wicked is treacherous and may lead to a quick demise:
Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall. (Proverbs 28:18)
But even when a wicked man seems to persevere in his wickedness, avoiding sudden falls, we can be confident of his end. As Matthew Henry puts it, “God will discover him in the great day.” We often play at hiding or justifying our unrighteous activities, but God himself will expose us even if no one on earth ever catches us.
For Christians, we will experience God’s fatherly punishment when we stray:
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights. (Proverbs 3:11-12)
But for he who persists in wickedness and unbelief, it can only be said that “what the wicked dreads will come upon him…” (Proverbs 10:24) In other words, judgment is all that the wicked can look forward to. How terrible is Jesus’ warning:
Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. (Luke 12:3)
Let us take him seriously. After all, he also said:
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak…” (Matthew 12:36)
Now, none of us lives in integrity every moment of every day. What then can we do about our crooked ways?
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)
It is best to walk in integrity, and, therefore, to walk securely. But God still shows his abundant grace when we sin. Mercy is available from God for those who recognize their sin and turn from it. To obtain mercy now is better than to be found out on the day of judgment. Therefore, if we fail to walk in integrity (which we all do), we should choose to confess our sins rather than to conceal them.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)