Hiding things from God? What a ridiculous thought!
I was stirred yet again to think upon the impossibility of hiding anything from God when I recently read a quote in ‘The Pursuit of God”, by A.W. Tozer.
“Let the inquiring Christian trample under foot every slippery trick of his deceitful heart and insist upon frank and open relations with the Lord.”
As I read this, I thought to myself, “Seriously, there is no other way to come before God than frankly and openly.” What did Jesus say?
For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.
God is omniscient, which means ‘all knowing’. We can’t hide anything from God because there isn’t anything that He isn’t already aware of. What are the implications of this? Some would say, ‘oppression’, it means I can’t get away with anything. Precisely, that it why I would say ‘freedom’.
If I know that there is nothing hidden from God, then I have nothing to hide, and I can constantly bring ‘everything’ that is on my heart directly to God. No beating around the bush, no hemming and hawing, nothing but straight forward honesty. This in turn leads to an omniscient God acting on our petitions with an immediacy that is otherwise hindered by our belief that we can hide things from God.
The sooner we put to rest the foolishness of the thought that we could possibly hide anything from God, the sooner we will be in a place of greater intimacy with Him.