“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NKJV
I have rooms in my house that I have not entered in three years. They remain dark and dusty, and I have no idea what is occurring in those spaces. I seldom think of them, and look upon them as hidden. I also have places in the interior of my heart and mind, that have not been exposed to the light of day. Like the rooms, I have little concern for what is happening in them, but unlike the rooms, they can have a huge impact on the rest of my life.
In those dark spaces, I have hidden the secrets, the things that I hide even from myself: the uncomfortable truths that I don’t want to face. Even as I try to hide those things that make me cringe, the Lord sees all. One of the things that makes me feel completely exposed, is the idea that God knows the words on my tongue before I even speak them.
“For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.”
Psalms 139:4 NKJV
He truly knows it all together. He knows the motivation behind my words, the anger behind my cursing, and the love behind my blessing, and any ulterior motives I may have when I am seek to manipulate others.
I finished up Ecclesiastes this morning, reading of Solomon’s whirlwind of a pursuit of all the pleasures and experiences one can have. In the end, he realized that it was all vanity, emptiness.
In his summation, he came to conclusion that it is best to fear God, for He is sovereign and there is nothing to hide. Our best bet is to fear Him and keep His commandments.
In the end of all things, God will judge all that we do, and nothing will escape. He cares little for the excuse that the world has moved on, or that everyone in else is applauding a given sin. We will all face judgement at some point, and it will be according to the Scriptures, and not our own values.
A person might be outwardly appear righteous, but harbor sins deeply hidden, considered insignificant, but in the glorious light of Christ, appearing as dark smears. I like what Solomon wrote in chapter 11:
“Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, And cause it to give off a foul odor; So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.”
Ecclesiastes 10:1 NKJV
That little hidden sin, endangers the fragrance of Christ we are to put out, and instead, the odor of our sin overwhelms our testimony. Reading this convicted me, as I too have those flies in my proverbial ointment.
Knowing that God is aware of every motivation, should seemingly bring fear, but, for me, brings comfort. Some of of the things in me are so well hidden, that even I cannot remember. Yet they can pop up unexpectedly and damage my witness, which is the most import thing the Lord has given me.
The Holy Spirit is searching me from within, rooting out the secret spaces and cleansing me.
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.”
Psalms 139:1-3 NKJV
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 139:23-24 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us live as if we are exposed, as if the darkest parts of us are on display, and seek the Lord to work in those places. The Lord will eradicate those areas of sin, that we be more effective witness. We are living in a time when to be holy is to live radical.
As we are made more useful to the King of Glory, we will shine brighter against the backdrop of these present times. When we harbor secrets, our light is dimmed, and those who direly need Jesus cannot see it.
““You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV
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