Sunday, October 9th, 2011
Days Of Secrets
But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.
Luke 12:2-3 (NAS)
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be popular. I thought revealing secrets was one way to get there. So I would whisper insider news (some gossip tale) to higher-ups on the girl's social ladder.
How many 'grown ups' make secrets a lifelong habit? If they are not spreading bad news about others, 'A talebearer reveals secrets' (Proverbs 11:13), they are hiding news about themselves.
'Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the Lord, and whose deeds are done in a dark place, and they say, 'Who sees us?' or 'Who knows us?' ' (Isaiah 29:15).
Secrets are not of God. They harm others, and they harm us even more. Jesus warns His disciples about hypocrisy, which is the suitcase in which secrets are carried. Hypocrisy luggage is a fake designer label. The bag will fail, and the truth will tumble out despite our best efforts to keep it closed.
Truth is God's promise, His weapon, and His ultimate justice.
What are you hiding? A broken home or heart? A family member who is sick in body, mind, or actions? An addiction that is tearing you apart? An act you witnessed or committed in your past that haunts you? Destructive thoughts like jealousy, lust, or hatred that tempt you to words or deeds that do not please God?
Confess your secrets to God. Tell Him all about them like the Best Friend and Most High Priest that He is. He knows them anyway. He will not lecture you. He will still love you, and He will forgive you. Better yet, He will lead you to freedom, health, and joy.
Then take a risk. Tell a Christian friend. Seek fellowship with someone you trust. Light, love, and mercy await you. An overcoming story awaits you. The telling of it will help others.
Put the days of secrets behind you.