My Sunday School teacher made an interesting observation recently. He was commenting on the fact that things are not always as they seem on the surface. He said, “You are never really sure who has their swim suits on until the tide goes out.” After some laughter, you could see heads nodding in affirmation as the truth of the colloquial saying sunk in.
The sobering reality that we all need to be aware of is this, “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known” (Luke 12:2, NKJV). Scripture says, “All things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account,” (Hebrews 4:13, NKJV). The Old Testament Prophet Jeremiah says of the Lord, “You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for Your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 32:19).
If we have unsavory things hidden beneath the surface of our lives, we need to bring them to the Lord while there is time for confession and forgiveness. We know that “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). We also know that if sins are hidden, and not confessed and forgiven, while we are alive, they will be exposed at judgment.
The tide will go out. Don’t be exposed! Today the Lord would say to us, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). He pleads with all who have covered their sins to repent. “Tell them, ‘As sure as I am the living God, I take no pleasure from the death of the wicked. I want the wicked to change their ways and live. Turn your life around! Reverse your evil ways! Why die, Israel?’ (Ezekiel 33:11, MSG).
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (Acts 3:19)
~ Brother Roy