We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
We may be inclined to cover up our wrongs or insist that our way is right, even though it's contrary to what God says in the Bible. This attitude may have played a significant role in our past problems. We may not yet believe that it's better to honestly and repeatedly admit our wrongs than to work hard at covering them up.
In recounting the history of Israel, the apostle Paul said, "The people begged for a king, and God gave them Saul . . . who reigned for forty years. But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David . . . , a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do' " (Acts 13:21-22).
King Saul looked great on the outside. He was tall and handsome. He seemed to always have an answer to cover up his wrongdoing. But God finally removed him from the kingship because whenever he was wrong, he refused to admit it! (See 1 Samuel 15.) God replaced him with David. We might assume that David was an exemplary man. But actually, David was a man who committed many terrible sins, including adultery and murder. The one quality that distinguished him from Saul was that he always agreed with God's view of morality. He immediately admitted his sins when he knew he had violated God's commands.
God isn't looking for someone who looks good on the surface. God has unfailing mercies and love for us when we agree with his commands and admit our faults when we don't measure up.
A spring cleaning is only possible after the dirty rooms have been opened.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.