5. God sees things done in secret.
I, like many girls, had a diary when I was younger. It was my place to write just for me, never to be seen by anyone (especially my older sister). It was the place for me to put my secrets. Whether it was about a boy I thought was cute or how unfair I thought my parents were being by not allowing a friend to spend the night, it was my own place to swoon or rant. It was written with the pure intention of never being seen by anyone besides myself.
We use this same mentality with our sin lives. We do something wrong (let’s say cheat on a test), then we bundle it up inside ourselves, never to be seen by anyone, ever. We think that because no one found out that we are in the clear. No repercussions, no punishment. But the Bible tells us something interesting about punishment. Everyone will have to stand before God after they die. Because He is a just God, sin must be punished.
“You turn men back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, O sons of men.” For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning– though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered. We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. The length of our days is seventy years— or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Who knows the power of your anger? For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you. Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Relent, O LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants”
Life on earth is limited. Even with the power of science, lifespans are still only 80 or so years. But eternity…that will be a long time of either paradise or of misery. You see, while we all must face judgement for the things we have done wrong, if you have a personal relationship with Jesus, he has already paid the penalty for those wrongdoings. He is your defense council and he never loses.
We make these decisions everyday. Do I use a curse word in place of an alternative word? Do speak in anger to a passerby just because I am in a bad mood? Do I copy someone’s homework because I didn’t get mine done because I was on Facebook too long last night? God sees everything we do, whether we deem it as a sin or not. Ultimately he has given us his word (the Bible) to help guide our decisions.
“Not only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true. The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails–given by one Shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. ” Ecclesiastes 12:9-14
This may appear to be a threat. Do good or else… But that is where grace comes in and we find a God who is ever close to us. He is omnipresent (everywhere at once). The grace is that by having a relationship with Jesus, God seeing everything is secret no longer becomes a threat, but a comfort. He is able to be there for us, close to us, a comfort, not a threat.
“Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away? Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD ” Jeremiah 23:23-24
God is everywhere. He is with us. He wants to be close to us and have a relationship with us. Just because we sin, we shouldn’t fear that God is there but instead be thankful and find comfort in his closeness. God sees what is done in secret but that also means that he is there to help us even when no one knows that we need anything. He is always there.