Hide it From God

Posted on February 17, 2010
Filed Under Exhortation | 2 Comments

It is amazing how often people think they come up with something new, when in fact, there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).  People today have the concept that “going to church” is the extent of what it takes to be pleasing to God.  Anything that they do in their personal lives during the week is absolved by the act of going to a house of worship.  This conveys the idea that they believe that they can hide their sin from God.  Perhaps God cannot see, or does not notice any sin that is committed away from His house?  Maybe God just chooses to ignore all sin, as long as a person puts forth at least the pretense of worshiping Him when Sunday rolls around?

Some are not nearly so blatant in their willingness to sin.  They will work diligently to hide their sin from their brethren, from their families, and think that by doing so they hide their sin from God.  They believe what happens “behind closed doors” is only their business, and no one else should ever care about it.  We often forget that it is impossible to hide ourselves  from God.  There is no place on earth that we can go that the eye of God cannot see us.  Consider the writing of the psalmist in Psalm 139:7-12:

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

Even with this warning, people still try to “pull the wool” over the eyes of God!  But, this is nothing new.  In fact, from the very beginning people have been trying to hide their sin from God.  Adam and Eve, while in the garden, tried to hide their sin from God.  Note Genesis 3:7-8:

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

The thought that Adam and Eve could hide among the trees in the Garden of Eden is just as ludicrous as the thought that we can hide our sin from God today!  It is silly to even consider the possibility that we are capable of keeping something secret from God.

Achan tried to hide his sin from God in a much different way.  When the Children of Israel went into the Promised Land, they first attacked the city of Jericho.  God commanded the people to devote all that was in the city to Him, which meant that they were to destroy it all.  They were not allowed to take any of the spoils of war.  But, Achan decided to steal some of the spoil and hid e them in the floor of his tent.  Because of the sin of Achan, the people of Israel were defeated in battle when they went against the city of Ai.  After the sin was made public, God devised a plan to expose Achan for what he had done.  Joshua called upon Achan to stop hiding his sin:

Now Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I beg you, give glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.” And Achan answered Joshua and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel… (Joshua 7:19-20)

In both of these cases, the perpetrators thought that by hiding their sin from God they could avoid the judgment that they deserved.  They believed, evidently, that by hiding what they had done, God would not see their transgression, and if He could not see it, He could not punish for it.  But, they seemingly forgot what many today forget:  God is not man!  One may successfully hide themselves and their sin from other men, but it is impossible to hide from God:

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13)

Even if one is successful in hiding sin from every other person on earth, they will still have to give an answer to God for their actions (2 Corinthians 5:9-11).  The problem is that we often deceive ourselves into accepting sin in our lives, essentially “hiding” the sin from ourselves!  We must be willing to examine ourselves against the word of God, and expel any sin that we find therein (James 1:22-25).  Hiding our sin will do nothing for us, except condemn us in the last day.  Adam and Eve couldn’t hide from God.  Achan couldn’t hide from God.  I can’t hide from God, and neither can you!