Nothing is Hidden
Posted on 01/06/2013 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust
TRANSCRIPT: (does not contain everything found in the audio above)
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I LOVE TO BE IN YOUR PRESENCE
I love to be in your presence
with your people singing praises
I love to stand and rejoice
lift my hands and raise my voice
You set my feet to dancing
you fill my heart with song
You give me reason to rejoice,
THE TREES OF THE FIELD
You shall go out with joy
And be let forth with peace
And the mountains and the hills
Will break forth before you
There'll be shouts of joy
And all the trees of the fields
Will clap, will clap their hands
And all the trees of the fields
will clap their hands
The trees of the fields will clap their hands
The trees of the fields will clap their hands
While you go out with joy
FATHER I ADORE YOU
Father, I adore you
Lay my life before you
How I love you
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Daddy God,thank You for this chance to be in Your presence. I ask as we continue this service that we will not remove ourselves from where You would have us to be. I ask that we would be open to what You have for us today. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Please be seated.
Today I'm sharing with you a fireside chat called "Nothing Is Hidden." I hope and pray that you will all stay with me as I take us on a journey through this topic, a topic about how nothing is hidden from God. We'll study a bit about how people in the Bible found this out to be true.
I don't know about you, but I've heard the saying "brush it under the rug" or something similar to that. It means hiding whatever you want to be a secret or hidden away "under the rug" or in the closet. Wherever your "hiding place" is, God knows and what you put there is not hidden from Him. How do I know this? Well...I'm glad you asked. Let's look at Genesis Chapter 3.
Here is the story of Adam and Eve. Eve has taken the forbidden fruit, eaten it, and gave it to Adam. He also ate it. Then, they saw that they were naked, and so they hid.
Verses 8 through 10 of the 3rd Chapter of Genesis says,
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"
10 So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."
It amazes me that God says "where are you", but it isn't like He didn't know. It was more like He was saying "why are you where you are?"
And Adam and Eve...hid themselves. It's a laughable action. How could they hide themselves from the all-seeing, all-knowing God? How could they hide their shame and sin and guilt?
I see what happened here as truly horrible. Not only for Adam and Eve, but for all mankind. It is how sin entered the world. Hiding things from God, will not work. The consequences of their actions were very severe. The price was very high. Not only were they kicked out out the garden, but they were separated from God. There was no more "walking with God in the cool of the day."
There is something about hiding the wrong things you do that is even, I believe, more saddening to God than doing it in the first place. How can this be, you ask? Just think how sad you feel when someone you love (such as a friend, a spouse, or a family member) does the same thing. They hide something they did wrong from you instead of telling you. Would you not rather they tell you right away?
Hiding. Brushing the sin or whatever it is under the rug. Pushing it into a closet. And it is later found...dusty and cob-webbed. It's harder to deal with when you have to "clean off" the object first, isn't it?
Bringing things into the open isn't easy, but once it is done, everything is easier to deal with. At least that is how I see it.
How about we go to the next story? David and Bathsheba. You know the story, right? It's found in 2 Samuel Chapters 11 and 12. David sees Bathsheba bathing. In other words, he's a peeping Tom! And if that wasn't enough, he has her brought to him. Him being the king, she can't refuse, right? She might have been killed if she did. So, they have an affair. Gasp. Bathsheba gets pregnant. Oh no! What to do?!?!
See, Bathsheba is married to a soldier and he's away fighting. So, David...King David that is, has him come back to spend time with Bathsheba so people will think the baby is her husbands, and so his sin can be hidden. But Uriah, her husband, doesn't go to her. I'm sure David was like "come on man! You haven't seen your wife in months and you don't want to see her, to touch her? Are you for real?!?!"
David, desperate to hide his growing list of sins, commits another. He puts Uriah on the front lines! Uriah is killed. David must have silently cheered "yes, now I can have Bathsheba ALL to myself!" uh oh...there's a problem though. More than one!
God was displeased of course and so He sent Nathan to David. And Nathan told a very moving parable, and David confessed what he had done. But it was too late. Too late for Uriah. Too late for David. Too late for Bathsheba. And too late for their son.
Hidden sin has consequences...just like sin that we repent of right away. David realized this fact too late for so many people. I encourage you all to learn from David's mistakes! Don't hide your sins. For they WILL be found and WILL be known. For nothing is hidden from God. As the Bible says, "Your sins will find you out."
David's sin caused much suffering. Death physically and spiritually. God still called him a man after His own heart, but that was after David confessed, asked for forgiveness, and repented.
David tried to hide his sins so many times, but covering them up didn't work. Revealing them...unveiling them was the only thing that helped him, so why do we think that we can cover ours? How can we believe that we can hide our sins if the man after God's own heart couldn't? We can't. We can unveil them though. And I know that's a better way.
The last story is in the New Testament. The story of Ananias and Sapphira. It's found in Acts Chapter 5. The husband and wife sold a piece of property. Ananias brings the money to the church. Let's read from Acts 5 verse 2 to 11.
And it reads
2 And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles' feet.
3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?
4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."
5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.
6 And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.
7 Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 And Peter answered her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?" She said, "Yes, for so much."
9 Then Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."
10 Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband.
11 So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.
In the story of David and Bathsheba, people around them died, but here...because Ananias and Sapphira tried to hide what they really received for the property they died. To think that this could happen, isn't it frightening?
No wonder it is important to remember nothing is hidden from God. Nothing. You can try to hide it, bury it, push it under a rug, throw it into a closet or whatever. But it is NEVER hidden. God will always know.
Are there things that you are trying to hide? Do you really think they are hidden? If you said yes, are you sure? Really sure? If you have something that you are trying to hide from God, I want you to decide something right now. Is it worth trying to hide it? God sees it. Why not just reveal it totally to Him today?
You might be asking, "If God already sees it, why do I have to unveil it?" Well, God wants you to want Him to see it and to help you deal with it. He won't come and push His way into your life if you don't want Him there. Allow Him to enter and to help clean out the cobwebs. He is waiting to remove the hidden stuff from your life. All you need to do is say "come and help me to unveil my hidden stuff, God. I don't want it here anymore."
So. I am inviting you to come to the altar. Some of you might have things you need to unveil. Some of you might not. Some of you might not have a relationship with Jesus yet. There are those of us here who can help you with that.
If you need prayer or need to talk for any reason, please instant message myself or anyone else on the ministry team and we will help you as best we can.
After this time at the altar, we'll have a time of fellowship in the room to your left. You are all welcome to join us there.
Come to the altar and spend some time with God now. Once you are finished here, you are free to go. May God bless you and may you unveil those hidden things so that you can grow closer to God.