Isaiah 29:15, NIV
Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, ‘Who sees us? Who will know?’
It seems very obvious that there is nothing in all of creation that can be hidden from God. There is nowhere in the universe we can go to escape His presence. He is everywhere – and how I praise God that He is everywhere. The world would be a pretty scary place if there were places where it was impossible to be in touch with Him. It’s not difficult to find a place where your mobile phone is out of reach of a signal – but it’s impossible to find a place which is out of reach of God.
And yet people behave as if this obvious fact is not a fact at all. They harbour secret sins in their mind, hide their ungodly behaviour from others, somehow or other thinking that if nobody else knows about it, then God doesn’t know about it either! We reduce the vision of God to that of physical humanity and are deceived by the enemy into thinking that there will never be any accounting for hidden works of darkness.
But the truth is that one day there will be an accounting. Everything that was hidden will be exposed for ‘nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account’ (Hebrews 4:13). And when that happens there will be nowhere for us to hide. I have come to realise that hidden sins stack up like secret bricks around our heart. The more bricks there are the more our heart is hidden from the love of God and the more artificial our relationships become with God and everyone else. Eventually we would finish up with a hardened heart and an artificial personality.
There is only one solution – repentance at the foot of the cross. There is only one solvent that can melt the hardest of hearts and that’s the love of Jesus. But not even the love of Jesus can melt away the hardness, if we don’t own the reality of what we’ve been doing and come before him in repentance. Better to shed genuine tears of repentance here, and experience the love of Jesus melting away the consequences of forgiven sin, than to try and keep things hidden and suffer the wrath of God in eternity. An open heart before God is quickly healed!
Prayer: I am so sorry, Lord, for the times when I have been deceived into thinking that I can hide things from you. Please forgive me, and help me to face reality about the hidden things of my past and live my life as an open book before you in the future. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.