God reveals His sight and knowledge to His people in various ways…
Confronting darkness and secrecy
We are aware that a prominent byproduct of sin is secrecy, cover-up, and hiding. From the very first committed sin, we see this truth on display. Adam and Eve’s first reaction to their sin was to cover their nakedness and to hide from God. Upon eating the forbidden fruit, “the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:7-8)
It should be blatantly obvious that hiding from God, and attempting to cover up our own sin, is utter folly. Nothing can ever be hidden from God. He knows exactly what we have done. But, it seems we find some strange solace in our fruitless efforts at hiding away our sins and secret thoughts – if only from other human beings.
This is a greater part of the struggle within people than we may realize. To truly come to God, we must come out of hiding – we must emerge from our secret places. We are required to be open and honest about our failures, shortcomings, and sins (this is the true nature of confession and is actually commanded in Scripture [James 5:16; 1 John 1:9]). We must accept the fact that everything we are, and have done, is laid bare before the Living God – and we are required to openly admit to our own weakness, selfishness, and guilt. We may be able to willfully mislead and fool those around us, but we are not fooling God with our secrecy and hiding. We are reminded: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7) The truth is that we reap what we sow because God truly knows what it is that we are sowing!
Any true move of God, within us, will deal prominently with our secret lives. Sin will be exposed, true motives uncovered, and hidden issues will be revealed in the light of God’s sight and truth. Every true revival in human history has seen this marvelous truth move to the forefront, with it’s life-changing power. We have been told: “(God) reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him… ” (Daniel 2:22) And Jesus taught…
We cannot hope to escape the fact that whatever is hidden and concealed will be exposed in the light of God’s utter truth and holiness. True Christianity dwells in the midst of God’s desire to bring the full spectrum of His irrepressible light to bear upon all darkness – commonly seen, and also unseen.
It should capture our attention: in order to be the light of the world we have to be full of His light. Any darkness (selfish behavior, hidden agendas, or secrecy) will render us largely ineffective. This is why pure hearts are not just cleansed of all sin, but are hearts that are devoid of the plague of “secret lives.” God’s people are called to be imitators of God – and not just in our moral choices. The utter honesty and integrity of the Living God must be the foundational and motivational inner standard of those who would properly wear His Name.