YOU CAN'T HIDE FROM
Distress and affliction to them who seek to hide their
plans from God, and carry on wickedness in the dark, thinking
that they will not be seen. God knows that we sin. In I John 1:8‑9, talking to other
Christians John said "If we say that we have no sin, we
deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive
us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness". However, the fact that God knows that we commit
sin, is willing to forgive us our sins and that he does not choose
to offer judgment right away, in no way gives permission for us
to continue practicing sin. In
fact in Hebrews 11:1 we are told "to lay aside
every weight and the sin that does so easily beset or hem us in".
So God knows that man sins, and man knows that God is omnipresent
and omniscient. Yet we
continue to try to hide our mess from God.
But Isaiah says woe to the person who tries to hide his
sin from God. This morning I'd like to look at a few examples
of persons who tried to hide their sin. We are going to look at several Old Testament
examples and one New testament example.
Romans 14:5 says that "those things that
were written aforetime (speaking of the Old Testament) were written
for our learning. In reading and studying the Old Testament, we
are to gain knowledge on the relationship between God and His
II KINGS 5:1‑3,
Naaman was a captain in the Syrian army.
He was a mighty man of war, an honorable man and well respected
in the Syrian kingdom. However,
he was also a leper who at the suggestion of a Jewish captive
came to the prophet Elisha for healing.
Elisha told Naaman to go and wash seven times in the Jordan
river and he would be healed. After dropping his pride and doing as he was
told to do, he was healed. In
gratitude, Naaman offered Elisha material blessings, money, clothing,
mules, etc. Elisha refused to receive anything from Naaman
and sent him away. Verses 20 ‑ 27.
Gehazi the servant of Elisha was certain that he was successful
in his plan to achieve riches for himself.
After all Elisha would not see Naaman again and no one
saw Gehazi return with the men or the goods.
So it appeared that his plan was successful.
But God knew of Gehazi's plan.
God sees and knows all. Proverbs 15:3 says "The eyes
of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good". God knows what is in our hearts and he sees
all that we do. So though
Gehazi thought he was getting away with his sin, he was caught
before he even started. Elisha was a man of God and God will not allow
His children to be ignorant of the devils devices, especially
when the actions of others affect us.
Gehazi could not hide from God and God did not hide his
actions from Elisha. Elisha said that his heart or his spirit went
with Gehazi, saw all that was done and heard all that was said. Matt 10:26 says "for there is
nothing covered that shall not be revealed and nothing hid that
shall not be made known".
Though it may seem like the sins is done undercover and
in the dark, the light will be turned on and it will be revealed.
Though Gehazi had a master plan, his sin was uncovered.
If man continues to walk in his own sinful way, one day
his sin will also be uncovered.
God says that when we try to cover or hide our sin, we
will not prosper, but if we will confess and turn away from them
he will show us mercy.
II SAMUEL 11:1‑4
David's road to sin began when he sent his men off to battle
and he stayed at home. Perhaps
thinking how well they had done in past battles, David shrugged
his leadership duties, deciding to take it easy and stay home.
I can imagine the Devil whispering to David; all has gone
well in the past, you have competent soldiers, Joab is a good
leader and you are tired David. Why don't you stay home from this battle.
You can take it easy, rest up, have some leisure time,
take long walks on your roof and just enjoy being king.
So David stays at home and he see a beautiful lady.
He sends one of his servants to find out who the woman
is and finds that she is Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah.
Knowing that she was someone else's wife did not put out
the lust in his flesh. David knew that the 10th commandment said "Thou
shalt not covet they neighbors
wife" and that the 7th commandment said "thou shalt
not commit adultery". He
knew that the penalty for adultery was death but even knowing
what God had said did not calm the lust of his flesh.
So David had sex with her and afterwards he did not drop
dead. In fact for a while
he probably so no effects. David probably thought that he had gotten away
with his sin. What he had
done had not been discovered.
David really gives witness to the truth of this scripture.
Bathsheba get's pregnant and now David begins
to fear that he will be exposed.
In David's desperation to cover up his sin he tries to
blame Uriah for Bathshebas pregnancy and when that did not
work he finally had Uriah killed. Being driven by his lust, David committed adultery,
fraud, treachery and finally murder.
II SAMUEL 11:26 ‑
God sent the prophet Nathan to show David his displeasure
with his actions. You see David did not confess and repent of
his sin immediately. It
was approximately a year between the initial sex sin and the confession
of David. Bathsheba had
already had the child when Nathan came.
During the time before his confession it is believed that
PS 32 was written.
PS. 32:1 ‑ 5
The man is verses 1 and 2 is happy because his is in right
standing with God. His transgressions (not doing what God has asked
us to do) are forgiven, his sins (doing what we should not be
doing) are covered and no iniquity is imputed to him.
But in verses 3 and 4 David lets us know what it was like
during the time before he repented.
He said "when I kept silent", i.e., before I
repented or when I tried to hide my sin
My bones waxed old - they rotted, became weak and achy.
Roaring all day - moaning and groaning both in spiritual
and physical torment.
3. The hand of the Lord was heavy upon him - he
was under heavy chastisement and conviction.
His moisture turned to drought - loss of vitality, sexually
David is in physical, mental and spiritual
anguish during this time, yet he refused to repent. The initial satisfaction of David's sin did
not make him content for long. Proverbs 20:17 says "the
bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall
be filled with gravel". The sins that trap us always look sweet and
promise such pleasure. They
never reveal that the pleasure is but for a moment and that the
results of sin may sometimes last a life time.
So David did not repent right away.
No doubt he thought that his sin was well hidden.
Since David would not confess and repent on his own, God
allowed his suffering in order to bring him to repentance.
Sometimes we can not come to God and see our need for Him
and His mercy until we are at our lowest; when the only place
we can look is up and the only one we can call on for help is
God. When extreme suffering
did not work, God in his mercy called David's mess out. You see though our sin may be well hid from
man, it is never hidden from God.
The lesson that David learned here may have prompted him
to write PSALMS 139:7 - 13.
The final example we want to look at today is in Acts 5:1-11.
ACTS 5:1 - 11
Though it is possible to deceive man it is not possible
to deceive the Holy Ghost. Psalms
44:21 says that "God knows the secrets of our heart". We can hide neither our actions, our thoughts
nor our desires from Him. Hebrews
4:13 says "we are naked and open to His eyes". In Acts 5 there was no reason for them to try
to hide their actions. They
were justified in withholding the money if they wanted to, but
they were wrong to lie about it.
Moses told the children of Israel in NUMBERS 32:23
that if they did not keep their promises they could be sure that
their sins would find them out. In other words he was saying, know that your
sin will be brought to the light.
Rather than trying to hide our sins, our faults and our
weaknesses from God and from one another, we must realize that
we can only find deliverance in honestly going to God.
Many times we offer God a 'lip service confession' and
think that all is then well with God. The test of whether our confession is sincere
or not comes in our response to the temptation to partake in that
same sin again. Do we put
up a trivial fight and then yield to the sin, saying to ourselves
later that we tried. So many times we play games with one another
and put on fronts that all is well and we do it so much until
we slip into a pattern of playing games with God.
The problem with this is that though God in his mercy has
not acted towards as he did with David, or Gehazi or Ananias and
Sapphira, He is not playing a game with us.
He sees what we are doing, and is not deceived at all by
our words or actions. We
can deceive one another and paint a perfect Christian facade,
but what good is that. You
may think that I am Pam super Christian or I may think that you
are John Doe super Christian, but our opinions of one another
count for very little in the eyes of God. What you can hide from me or I from you, can
never be hidden from God.
Whatever that weakness, fault sin, etc. in your life that
God is pointing the finger at right now, we should understand
that bringing it to the light is God's mercy being shown unto
us. God gives us opportunities
to get right before him, to change our ways and to walk upright
before Him. Rather than
trying to hide ourselves from one another, we must find the courage
and freedom to strength and help from one another.
There is nothing that anyone in here is going through that
someone else is not experiencing either now or at some time in
the past. When we need help with ourselves rather than
hide, we must run to God, seek His help and ask him to provide
others that can also be a help and encouragement to us.
We are all struggling to live Holy every day. Some days are better than others, but we all
must fight every day. We
would all hate to get to heaven and find that there is someone
here in the fellowship every Sunday and every Friday who did not
make it in because they were caught in a particular sin and because
of their embarrassment they were trying to hide it. We would all then say to ourselves and to
one another, I wish they had come an talked to me. I was going through that same thing but I found
help. I would like to urge
you today to get help for whatever it is that is hindering you
from being all that God has called you to be today.
Because what you can hide from me, can not be hidden from