DayBreaks for 8/20/15: All That is Hidden
From the DayBreaks archive, 8/20/2005:
LONDON – It’s nice to wake up from surgery to see your family gathered around you for support. For Melvyn Reed, however, it wasn’t so nice when he awoke from triple bypass surgery to find all three of his wives surrounding him. While he was under the knife, his years as a double bigamist came to an end when the three women showed up at the same time to the hospital and realized something wasn’t right. They held a meeting in the parking lot and discovered they were all married to the same man! Reed later turned himself into police, admitting he was married to all three women, and confessed to bigamy.
I remember waking up after my bypass surgery and having the nurses and my wife present. It was a wonderful and comforting feeling to have her there, and to know that, well, I was still among the living and that the nurses were being so attentive. I can’t imagine what kind of thoughts must have gone through Mr. Reed’s mind, however, when he opened his eyes to see all 3 of his wives standing beside his bed. He may have been afraid to go back to sleep for fear that they’d unhook his medical equipment!
I’ve written many times about the passage that describes the human heart as being totally deceitful. Of all the things that can deceive us in this world, our own hearts and minds must be on the top of the heap. And there is nothing that we deceive ourselves about more completely than in thinking that our sins are hidden. Why? We take comfort in thinking that they’re hidden, and we probably take a bit of perverse pride in our ability to cover them up, too. We can hide much from the eyes of our families, friends, co-workers and fellow students, even from our pastors and spiritual mentors. The Spirit, however, sees all. May we learn from the foolishness of Melvyn Reed that we’re not nearly as clever as we think we are. All that is hidden will be made known.
Luke 12:2-3 – There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
1 Cor. 3:13 – But there is going to come a time of testing at the judgment day to see what kind of work each builder has done. Everyone’s work will be put through the fire to see whether or not it keeps its value.
PRAYER: Let us truly understand that nothing is hidden from You, and that we are foolish to think we can “get away” with our sin! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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