Ziklag: Digging a Deeper Hole | Genesis 37:1-2 | Devotional
Genesis 37:1-2 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. This is the account of Jacob. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
Sir Walter Scott wrote, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” I don’t know if he was thinking of Joseph’s brothers, but he could have been. Jealous of their father’s favorite son, they planned to kill Joseph, then threw him in a cistern, then sold him into slavery, then dipped his robe in goat’s blood, then told their father Joseph was torn to pieces by a ferocious animal. A pretty busy day for the brothers!
“Sin” is bad enough in the singular, but it normally shows up in the plural. One sin is added to another to cover for the one before it. When we play the sin game, we dig ourselves into a deeper and deeper hole.
It’s time to get out of the dark, lonely hole of sin. God promises that if we confess our sins, he “is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). It’s time to crawl out of the darkness into the light of God’s grace.
Father, give the person living in the dark, lonely pit of the hole they have dug the courage to cry out to you. In Jesus name. Amen.