Secrets: How to stop hiding
Take a trip with me back in time. Way back to the dawn of creation, when Adam & Eve lived the good life in the Garden of Eden. They had a pretty sweet deal there. That is, until that infamous day, when as politicians are sometimes fond of saying, in gross understatement, “Mistakes were made”. Note Adam & Eve’s mindset just before to the “incident”: We are told that “neither of them felt any shame” (Gen 2:25). Yet just afterwards, how do they react? “Toward evening they heard the LORD God walking about in the garden, so they hid themselves among the trees.” (Gen 3:8) Gee, that makes sense. “God’s coming! // Quick! Into the trees!”
The sad thing is this incident marked the beginning of humankind’s tenancy to try to hide from God. We are still trying to hide from God today. How futile is that? We have to remember that whatever is done in “secret” is not really secret at all. Even if we have been able to fool our family and friends, God is not fooled, and He “carefully watches the way people live; He sees everything they do.” (Job 34:21), so our attempts to hide our sin amount to nothing more than hiding among the trees.
Since “it is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret” (Ephesians 5:12), what about the things that we shamefully do in secret? Do we keep secret sin hidden in our hearts? Even Christians, who personally know Jesus our God, and have been redeemed by His blood? Unfortunately, we still do stumble, and we must recognize we are still sinners. “If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth.” But by continually returning to God by readjusting our lives we have hope: “If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” (1 John 1:8,9)
Temptation to sin is a constant part of our lives, but continue this study to think about what our loving and forgiving yet just and righteous God has to say to you about your secret sins today.