Monday, July 17, 2023

What's in Your Cabinet?

 By: Joanne Viola

 A small leak provided the opportunity to clear everything out of the cabinet, decide what was no longer needed, and put everything back in an organized fashion.

I figured I may as well also tackle the medicine cabinet. And the winner of the oldest expiration date was …{insert long, loud drum roll here for full effect) … the cough medicine with the year 2005 on it! Yes, you read that correctly – 2005. Just a little past due, much to my horror.

Here’s the thing puzzling part of this – I know I have gone through the cabinet since 2005. Seriously. So my question is, “How did it sneak to the back of the cabinet?”

One expired little box of medicine has stirred some thoughts about sin.

“… be sure your sin will find you out.
(Numbers 32:23, NASB)

  1. There is no such thing as a secret sin. Unconfessed sin will surface, one way or another.
  2. There is no such thing as a contained sin. What may be seemingly small, and starts out small, soon spreads through and takes control of us. It will affect every part of our being.
  3. There is no such thing as “an individual sin”. Personal sin will have an affect on others. Sin is like an infection, it spreads, and pollutes those around us – our spouses, our children, our friends, our churches.
  4. There is no such thing as a “get out of jail free” sin. There will always be consequences for our sins. God offers His forgiveness to us always, and freely, but sin does leave its mark on us.

Today may we be like David who after his deepest, and most grievous time of sin, prayed:

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.”

(Psalm 51: 10-12 NASB)

My medicine cabinet is cleaned out, emptied of all that was expired and not needed. It has plenty of room now for what is needed.

Order has been restored. Much the way my heart feels after it has been rid of any secret and hidden sin. It is then there is plenty of room for God to fill.


Have you done any cleaning lately? What do you do when you discover a hidden sin?


Photo by Logan Ripley on Unsplash



  1. Great analogy! I've come across things like that, too, wondering how I had overlooked them for so long.

    1. It's good to remind ourselves often to check. Only with the Lord's help will we see what we have overlooked on our own. Blessings!

  2. Oh, my goodness! My cabinets are just like that. My boys get a good laugh just going through my pantry to see what's expired (some things are debatable, though). Apt analogy - no matter how hard I try, I need to regularly pray David's prayer - to clean out my heart and renew in me a steadfast spirit. Thanks for the reminder for a good Summer clean!

    1. Yes, the pantry is another place this would happen too! May we regularly take stock of our hearts.


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