a good day to eliminate secrets of sin.
“You spread out our sins before You – our secret sins – and You see them all.” Psalm 90:8 NLT
Every human being lives a public life, as well as a private one.
Whenever we go to work, go shopping or seek entertainment at the theater or a sporting event, we are open to examination by those around us. What we do and what we say is public, there for all to see.
Our non-public lives are broken down in two ways: there are matters of personal privacy and there are things we think are private matters but are really secrets of sin. Matters of personal privacy are kept between select individuals simply because not everything we think, say or do is the business of everyone else.
Secrets of sin, on the other hand, are hidden from everyone, except those who may be participating in, or contributing to, them.
They are secrets because we know they are wrong.
Maybe they are secrets because they are illegal, but even if they are not, they are secrets because our spouses, our families, or our friends might think differently about us if they were to be brought to light.
We are all entitled to our private moments. Our lives are full of situations and family matters that do not concern just anyone. Our finances are our business. Our hopes, dreams and fears are all private thoughts to be shared only with those we choose.
Unfortunately, some of us may be struggling with secret addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex or pornography.
We may be dishonest in our dealings at work or with family and friends.
Some of us may even have entirely different lives that we live when we think no one is watching.
We may think we are fooling everyone and no one knows. We love the darkness, for it hides our secrets.
“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” (John 3:20 NKJV).
But God knows and so do we, even though we may try to explain away or justify our behavior to ourselves. We may even be successful at fooling ourselves for a while.
But in the end, “…the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.” (Romans 2:16 NLT).
Nothing can be fixed in the darkness, but there is nothing that can’t be fixed with the Light of God shining upon it. No matter what they may be, God can help us make our secrets of sin, things of the past.
We need not feel uncomfortable or embarrassed talking with God about these things because He already knows. He is just waiting to help us live our lives unencumbered by the pain, the shame and the heaviness on our hearts that our secrets cause.
It would please God if you asked for His help. Why not use His gift of this day to do just that?
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson