Sunday, April 21, 2013

No Place to Hide

All scripture references are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

It is interesting to me that the apprehension of the Boston bombing suspect was accomplished with the help of modern technology. This morning as I reviewed the latest news on my computer, it showed a picture of the boat in which the fugitive was hiding, covered with a tarp. Yet the camera being used was able to look through the tarp and  see the young man's form in the boat. I have also seen pictures of enclosed vans at our countries entry points showing undocumented immigrants, otherwise known as illegal aliens, hiding inside.  Again with the use of modern technology border guards can see through the walls of the van. It is an interesting display of modern technology!

The Bible also has some interesting passages of scripture involving the ability to see through otherwise impenetrable walls. Oh I don't mean by use of modern technology, nor do I mean that you or I could use this to our advantage. In Hebrews 4:12-13 the Bible says of the Lord, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." This is both comforting and disconcerting. Comforting to the child of God because they know that whatever happens, it is for their good. Disconcerting to the unrepentant sinner because there is no place to hide from God.

David asked in Psalm 139:7-8, "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." Come to think of it, all of Psalm 139 is a comfort to the believer. The Psalm starts out with these words in verse 1, "O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me," and ends in verse 24 with these words, "And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." You might say why not tell me of the rest of the Psalm? I say to you, you should read it for yourself!

While the above referenced Psalm is certainly one of the most beloved passages in the Bible, it is or should be disconcerting to one who refuses to repent of their evil deeds. There is no place, behind no closed door, not even with the lights turned off, that God cannot see. Whatever you or I do in secret, God sees. I remember the childhood song I used to hear sung at Christmas time about Santa Claus. Some of the words went like this, "he sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when your awake, he knows when you've been bad or good so be good for goodness' sake..." (It's interesting to me that I have always associated that song with walking, as a small child, under the church sign of the Jesus Name Pentecostal Tabernacle in Puyallup Washington that declared Jesus Saves, Jesus Name). Well I don't think Santa Claus can do that but the words could apply to the Lord Jesus. So we ought to be good for Jesus' sake. There truly is no place to hide from God.

For fear of making this blog too long, let me close by saying if you have un-repented sins in your life, there is no place to hide! You may think that what you do behind closed doors is nobodies business but your own. But there is a God from whom nothing is hidden, whether done in the light of day or the darkness of night. Turn from your wicked ways to God in repentance and put your faith in the Lord Jesus. Then you will not be bothered by there being no place to hide.

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