8 Take heed, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise? 9 Does he who implanted the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? 10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches man lack knowledge? 11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile. (Psalm 94:8-11 NIV)
Secrets? At this very moment there are countless secrets that people are hoping and praying will remain undiscovered. Kids are hiding something from their parents. Husbands and wives are hiding something from one another. An employee is hiding something from his boss. A friend shared some intimate detail with a confidant and then wrapped up the conversation with, “You can’t tell anybody!” Secrets have been around since Adam and Eve hid from God hoping they would not be found out. They were unsuccessful in their attempt.
We might be successful at hiding things from one another, although most secrets are uncovered sooner or later. When it comes to God there are no secrets. God not only knows what I’ve done–He also knows every detail about what I have even thought about doing. Bible teachers describe this as the Omniscience of God. “God knows…” I can follow that statement with anything from the details of my personal journal to the headlines of the morning paper to the thoughts I’ve had during the past week. He knows it all.
I’ve learned that it is best to be honest with God about my futile thoughts, my senseless ways, and my stumbling daily walk with Him. If I try to present myself to Him as anything other than what I truly am then He knows that I am a fraud. Rather than pretending to be someone that I am not, I would much rather be like the man in Mark 9 who came to Jesus for the healing of his son. Jesus said to the man, “Everything is possible for those who believe.” The man said, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23-24)
I am a work in progress. God has made it clear that His desire is to mold me and shape me into the image of His Son. His work is not completed in me yet. I don’t want to be deceptive and secretive because I have learned that it hinders His work in me. I sense His work to a much greater degree when I am honest and transparent with Him about my sin and struggles.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You would remind me throughout the day to be open and honest with You about my weaknesses, sin, and struggles in life. Remind me that my futile attempts at deception only serve to hinder Your work in my life.