Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 12, 2019
For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Luke 12:2
Though likely more legend than fact, it is said that Arthur Conan Doyle (or Mark Twain, depending on who you ask) once sent a version of the same telegram to a handful of respected, culturally upstanding friends, “All is discovered. Flee at once.” To his surprise, several of them left the country! Historical or not, the point is clear: the self we present to the world and our true self are often wildly at odds with one another!
While you and I may be able to hide our deepest fears and shame for a time, maybe even an extended season, the Lord’s point in Luke 12 is that we fool ourselves if we think we can keep our secrets hidden forever. Even if we go to our graves having kept our truest selves from everyone, even those closest to us, a day will come when we will stand face to face with our maker, before whom nothing is secret and all is known. As one ancient Christian prayer says,
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
This prayer moves us towards a life of wisdom in two key ways. On the one hand, it holds forth with absolute clarity the true nature of God. He is almighty, before whom our truest desires and deepest secrets are perfectly known. As such, we waste our time trying to pretend this isn’t true! God’s almighty power is terrifying to the unrepentant and rebellious heart, yet for a heart filled with humility and contrition it is a source of unspeakable hope.
The same God who knows your deepest secrets also looks upon you in perfect love. This is the second truth we gain from this prayer. When the Lord sees our deepest secrets and greatest fears, he doesn’t expose them to shame us or harm us. He shines his light so we can be healed and made clean. Our secret sins threaten to hold us captive and keep us from life with Christ. However, take great comfort today in the fact that the Lord knows you, loves you, and in his power and strength longs to set you free!
Father, thank you for your great love and that you are strong enough to free me from even my greatest fears and failures, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
What secret do you most fear being exposed? Do you believe the Lord is strong enough to drive out the darkness and set you free?
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