Wednesday, January 2, 2013

We Cannot Get Away with Murder

Our secrets are not secret.  I've used the illustration of the Mom with the eyes in the back of her head.  But you see, it doesn't quite do God justice.  He sees ALL and He knows ALL.  We can hide nothing from Him, absolutely nothing.  He knows the magicians secrets, He knows what lies at the bottom of the sea, He knows what lies in the back of our mind and in the depths of our hearts.  He knows.

2 Kings 5:26-27 - 26 The [Elisha] said to [Gehazi], "Did not my heart go with you, when the man turned from his chariot to meet you?  Is it a time to receive money and to receive clothes and olive groves and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male and female servants? 27 Therefore, the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever."  So he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

This man, Naaman, had gone to the prophet Elisha in order to be healed from his leprosy.  After being healed, he went to offer a present for his thankfulness.  Elisha honorably refused and sent Naaman on his way.  Gehazi was working for Elisha and in seeing this all happen, his greed got the best of him.  In seeing Naaman walk away with all of this treasure, Gehazi "ran after him" in order to "take something from him" (vs. 20).

Upon his return Elisha asks Gehazi where he has been and he replies "Your servant went nowhere" (vs. 25).  Elisha, being the prophet of God, the eyes of God, knew differently.  Elisha knew what he did and knew what he was going to do: "Gehazi intended to purchase [olive trees, sheep, etc.] with this money: and therefore the prophet names them, to inform him, that he exactly knew, not only his outward actions, but even his most secret intentions" (Wesley).  Gehazi thought he had gotten away with it.  But in reality, God had seen everything he had done and God knew his heart, what he intended to do with his new found riches.

It is so true though isn't it?  We think that the sins we commit in the absence of human witness are unseen.  But that is so far from the truth it isn't even funny!  If you haven't figured it out yet, God sees all and know all.  He sees what we do and He knows the intent of our heart!  And He does have the final say.  Gehazi did not get away with what he had done - he was punished with leprosy.  We, quite literally, cannot get away with murder...or anything else for that matter.  

I challenge you today to confess your secrets.  God knows everything already but take a moment today to confess those things to Him out loud.  Let Him know that your heart is ready to change and that you don't want to try and "hide" things from Him any longer.

"Nothing done, said, thought, by any person, in any place, at any time, is out of the reach of God's cognizance" (Henry on 2 Kings 6:11).

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