I was showing a friend some recent photos on my iPhone. He is much younger and certainly more tech savvy than I am. He said, “Let me show you a feature on your phone that you probably didn’t know was there. In the Photo icon is a section labeled Albums, and then in Albums open the heading Utilities, click on the line labeled Hidden. Here photos can be hidden from view and only accessed by a special code”. He was right. I was unaware of the feature.
My naïve response to this revelation, “What would you need that for?” My young friend’s retort was, “Duh.” The light finally began to dawn. “Do you mean it’s there so you can hide pornography, clandestine images, and other surreptitious stuff?” A telling smile crossed his face.
I took the occasion to talk ‘straight’ to my young friend who is in his beginning years of ministry. Sadly, I have counselled with a number of ministers who have destroyed their ministries because of pornography and illicit activities that they thought were hidden from view. Let me affirm my belief that no matter how sophisticated technology becomes, no matter the lengths to which some go to guarantee secrecy, sin can never really be hidden. My conclusion on the matter: “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23, KJV). It’s true every time – maybe sooner, maybe later – but sin will always find you out.
From ancient days to the present moment, people have sought ‘dark places’ to hide immoral activity from others and from the Lord. God’s word has much to say on this point. The Apostle John says, “Men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil” (John 3:19). The very fact that there is a desire to conceal certain activities could be an indication that these activities are evil.
May I share just a few scriptures on the matter.
- “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed, neither hidden that shall not be known” (Luke 12:2).
- “All things are naked and open to the eyes of Him we have to do with” (Hebrews 4:13).
- “Can any hide himself in a secret place that I shall not see him?” (Jeremiah 23:24).
- “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).
There is a remedy for the problem of wanting to hide things from view: “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:9).
~ Brother Roy