Nothing In All the World

 

 

 

 

When I walked into the windowless room at work, I saw him immediately.

A small, Mediterranean gecko was frantically moving about.

Capturing him in a small container, I let him go outside in the grass near the sidewalk.

Mediterranean geckos are incredibly interesting to me.

Colorful, yet almost transparent, it is possible to see its internal parts when looking underneath.

I thought about that quality of his—you could almost see right through him.

In a spiritual sense, how transparent am I?

The answer is two-fold, really.

On one hand, we cannot hide anything from God.

We cannot hide words.

We cannot hide thoughts.

We cannot hide actions.

We cannot hide attitudes.

He sees it all, just as if we were transparent.

On the other hand, we try to conceal ourselves.

The decision to hide who we really are from God leaves us cloaked and guarded.

We feel that we have covered our transparency, but, in reality, we have not.

We may hide ourselves from other people.

Our words.

Our thoughts.

Our actions.

Our attitudes.

We may be successful in doing so, but God will still be aware.

We should live in such a way as to please Him in all that we do, asking forgiveness when we do not.

God’s word is alive and working. It is sharper than the sharpest sword and cuts all the way into us. It cuts deep to the place where the soul and the spirit are joined. God’s word cuts to the center of our joints and our bones. It judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts.  Nothing in all the world can be hidden from God. He can clearly see all things. Everything is open before him. And to him we must explain the way we have lived.

—Hebrews 4:12-13

 

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