JM’s Journal: Are You Trying to Hide from God’s Sight?


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Are You Trying to Hide from God’s Sight?

Nothing in All Creation is Hidden from God’s Eyes

by J.M. Troppello


When I have sin between me and God, I can definitely feel that disconnection between us. Now, to be clear, I know I am saved and still saved, even though I sinned again and will continue to sin while here on Earth. However, if I’m committing a sin over and over again and it’s something that God has strongly been convicting my heart over, I feel far from God, even though I know He’s not far from me. Sometimes in those instances, I think of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and how they realized they were naked and then hid from God (See: Gen 3).


11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:11-13, NKJV)

In Hebrews 4:1-10, the author shares how it was tragic that the Israelites in the desert generation – who wandered for years after being led out of slavery by Moses – did not believe God and His promises of entering His rest. This should be a warning to believers today to accept God’s offer of resting in His presence.


The author of Hebrews is unknown. This person urged believers to diligently enter that rest. “The rest is not automatic. Determined diligence is required. The danger is that believers today, like the Israelites of the past, will not stand, but fall in disobedience” (Source: TNSB)


I don’t know about you. But I want to be diligent to make every effort to enter God’s rest – and live obediently to God’s guidance in my life.


I love the short, but powerful statement from verse 12. For the Word of God is alive and active. The Bible is alive and active. Have you allowed the Bible to be alive and active in your life? It’s alive and active already, whether you embrace it or not. Yet, for those who truly embrace how alive and active it is, they will also experience the powerful change that comes from obedience to God’s Word.


The author uses a great word picture of the Bible being sharper than any double-edged sword. His Word is so powerful that it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.


Now that’s the unsettling part, at least for me. God’s Word “distinguishes what is natural and what is spiritual, as well as the thoughts (reflections) and intents (insights) of a person. The Word of God exposes the natural and spiritual motivations of a believer’s heart” (Source: TNSB).


That definitely cuts me to the core!


Nothing is hidden from God’s sight (v 13). That last statement is strong: Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. You can read more about the judgment seat of Christ in Romans 14:10-12 and 2 Cor. 5:10.


Reading, studying, and applying Scripture has given me a new perspective on my life in recent years. I want to be diligent to make every effort to enter God’s rest and live like I know God is watching me. I’m thankful for God’s grace each day and that we are all works in progress.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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