March 7, 2010
Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there!" Psalm 139:7-8
I have a friend whose business requires him to make frequent trips to Japan.
Although he has always been impressed by the honesty of the people at the hotel where he stays, to avoid temptation he has always hidden his prized camera before he leaves the room.
One day he was in a hurry and he simply forgot and left the camera out on the desk.
When he returned to his room he was saddened -- but not entirely surprised -- to find his camera was gone.
At least that's the way it seemed, until he discovered the maid had put the camera back in its regular hiding place.
It occurs to me that a lot of people try the same hiding stunt with God.
Because they manage to keep many of their sins and shortcomings hidden from their families and business associates, they are pretty sure they have managed to get away with their wrongdoings.
They think everyone believes they are innocent and without a thing to hide.
That's not so.
The Lord is very much like that Japanese maid. He knows about all of our sins, and He knows where we try to keep them hidden. Truly, it's impossible to keep anything from an all-knowing God.
Fortunately, we don't need to hide our sins. Those who acknowledge Jesus as their Savior also know He has taken away their sins and their need to hide them.
When we trust in Jesus to be our Savior, we can rest secure and be at peace, and we can be sure that hiding places for sin are a thing of the past.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You know me inside and out. There is nothing I have managed to keep hidden from You. Now may I, freed from sin's curse and the Law's accusation, spend my days in thanksgiving and praise. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries