“For a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.”
Last week, my husband and I decided to let our daughter have a pet — she’s been asking for one for several years now, and we were excited to tell her we thought it was a good time to get one. We made a trip to the pet store, and she chose a baby calico-colored guinea pig with long hair and a mohawk on her head. Her name is Cookie, and she is the cutest, funniest animal to watch… at least when she comes out of the hiding spot in her cage. Like many guinea pigs, Cookie runs and hides when we approach her cage; guinea pigs are prey animals, so hiding is part of their nature. And, because Cookie is just over a month old and new to our home, she timidly comes out of her hiding spot only when she thinks it is safe.
What Cookie doesn’t know is that we can always see where she is, because we have a view into her hiding spot. And, even when she is out in open view in her cage, we can watch her from a distance. She’s never out of our sight, even though she thinks she is. It’s the same principle for us with the Lord. Proverbs 5:21 tells us that all of our ways are “in full view” of him.
Like Cookie, we associate hiding with safety, whether we hide from fear of danger or fear of punishment when we’ve done something wrong. When we’ve done wrong, we should remember that none of us are perfect. Romans 3:23 explains we are all sinners and sin is a part of our human nature. While we may try to “hide” the ungodly things we do, God knows everything about us, from the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7) to the deepest thoughts of our heart (1 Chronicles 28:9). He sees everything.
Meditate on Psalm 139:7-12:
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
If you feel like you can hide away a wrong attitude, action or thought in your life, you are deceiving yourself. You may be able to keep certain things from other people in your life, but you cannot hide them from the Lord. And eventually you will be ensnared in your sin.
Sin separates our fellowship with God, but it does not block us from his view. Confess your sin to the Lord and turn away from it. Seek godly counsel. Ask a friend for help, if needed. The Lord will see your desire to change, and when you confess your sins to him, he is pleased. He finds joy in his creation when they turn back to him (Psalm 149:4).
My family enjoys watching Cookie and the quirky things she does, like hopping around her cage or squeaking to herself as she roams through our house. Just as we delight in watching Cookie, especially when she is not hiding, the Lord delights in you, especially when you are open with him.