Back in the fall, two days after I read about iniquity in Proverbs 22:8 and prayed that God would reveal any in my heart, I got pulled over for speeding on my way to work.
How’s that for revelation.
The police officer kept asking me over and over why I was driving so fast.
“Have you driven through here before?” he asked.
“Every morning of the week,” I replied.
“Well, why were you going so fast?” he questioned.
“I was just trying to get to work on time,” I said.
“Did you know the speed limit?”
“Yes, I drive through here every day.”
“Well, why were you driving too fast?”
“I was trying to get to work on time, sir.”
I was honestly trying not to laugh at this point. In my defense – as if I deserve any – I was going 70 on I-385, and everyone drives 70 on I-385. I laughed as I pulled away — thankfully with only a warning from the repetitive police officer. The iniquity God revealed was in my heart? That the rules didn’t apply to me.
God hears you when you pray. Sometimes the answer isn’t what you want, but sometimes it’s just what you need.
He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, and the rod of his anger will fail. Proverbs 22:8
Iniquity is basically the idea that you allow sin into your life and you give it room. You don’t address it. It doesn’t concern you. You defend it. You make excuses for it. You feel justified in it. But God knows our sin is ultimately the root of our sorrow. It separates us from fully knowing His love and from fully experiencing Him.
Speeding that day doesn’t seem like a big deal. But I was doing it intentionally. I had decided being on time was more important than the law. (Which is funny because being late is another area where I tend to struggle…) It was the ironic evidence of iniquity I had just asked God to reveal and didn’t really think He’d find. The outward sin reveals the condition of the heart. Are we opening up completely to God and allowing Him to reveal areas where we need more of His grace?
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