If We Confess Our Sins #540

And Achan answered Joshua and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I have done: When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it.” (Joshua 7:20–21, NKJV)

Achan did not make an excuse. He had sinned, and then tried to hide his sin. He knew what he had done was against the will of God (Josh. 6:18). With his sin now exposed, he acknowledged it, including how it happened and what he did. Do not wait for God to expose your sin against Him. If you wait until the Day of Judgment it will be too late to confess your sin and seek God’s mercy. Do not make excuses for your sin. Face up to it and come to Jesus for cleansing. Do not try to hide your sin; you will not succeed. God already knows if there is sin in your life. As Christians we are assured that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jno. 1:9).