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Can I Get Away With Hidden Sin?


Psalm 53

Maybe if we put on a pair of sunglasses and even a hat, we can get away with sin. Even more-so, maybe God won't notice. Maybe, we can get away with one more lie, one more bottle of liquor or pills, or just one more sneak at something immoral online.

Foolishness. We can disguise ourselves to the point of even blinding our own view of sin, but sin still finds a way to reflect its glare, no matter how well we try to cover it up.

Our sinfulness is the very reason people reject God's existence. In our desire to do wrong, we treat God as if He doesn't exist—we put our sunglasses on and pretend we're doing nothing wrong.

This is precisely what Psalm 53:1 is referring to in the bold claim "There is no God". We don't want our sinful actions to be exposed. So, to blind our sin from others and even ourselves, we pretend (even momentarily) there is no God. This allows justification in our minds and ignores judgment. This is foolish thinking.

We allow ourselves to think foolishly when we rely more on ourselves than God. No one but God is perfect, and He knows this. All of us, no matter our belief, stand guilty before Him in need of His forgiveness. We all fall short and are in need of Jesus, and thankfully by His grace and mercy, He forgives us (Romans 3:22-24). Only He can save us. Only He can change us.

God may not be affected by what we think of Him, but we are affected eternally by what He thinks of us.


  • Are you putting on blinders to a sin in your life, hoping God doesn't notice or judge?
  • What is one step you can take today to repent of that sin and turn to God? Maybe you need to read Romans 3 to remind yourself that God is faithful.
  • Has there been a moment in your life when you turned your sin over to Jesus and started a relationship with Him? If not, you can do it today.

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