I have learned to keep a secret. I have learned that part of being a good listener is to not speak about all that you know about others – especially if it was spoken to you in secret as a secret. Confidentiality is a bit part of the work I do with buyers and sellers.
I think it wise to learn to keep secrets from others. However, I think it’s foolish to keep secrets from God. He knows all my secrets even before I reveal them to Him. It’s really dumb to think I can keep a secret from Him. The people of Judah & Israel tried to keep secrets from the Lord. It didn’t work out well. Check this out….
9 Then the Lord said to me, “I know the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem have made secret plans. 10 They have gone back to the same sins their ancestors did. Their ancestors refused to listen to my message and followed and worshiped other gods instead. The families of Israel and Judah have broken the agreement I made with their ancestors. 11 So this is what the Lord says: ‘I will soon bring a disaster on the people of Judah which they will not be able to escape. They will cry to me for help, but I will not listen to them. (Jeremiah 11:9-11 NCV)
14 “As for you, Jeremiah, don’t pray for these people or cry out for them or ask anything for them. I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble. (Jeremiah 11:14 NCV)
18 The Lord showed me that people were making plans against me. Because he showed me what they were doing, I knew they were against me. 19 Before this, I was like a gentle lamb waiting to be butchered. I did not know they had made plans against me, saying: “Let us destroy the tree and its fruit. Let’s kill him so people will forget him.” 20 But, Lord All-Powerful, you are a fair judge. You know how to test peoples’ hearts and minds. I have told you what I have against them. So let me see you give them the punishment they deserve.(Jeremiah 11:18-20 NCV)
Who and I kidding to think that I can keep a secret from the Lord? I can keep a secret from my wife, my kids, my friends – but the Lord knows all about me. He knows when I rise and when I sleep. He knows my thoughts before they become thoughts and certainly actions. I need to remember that the Lord knowing all of this is a huge advantage, NOT something to be frustrated about. He can help me run from the temptation or sin that can bring me down. He can restore my sin-diseased heart. He knows my deepest thoughts and loves me anyway. This amazes me. I am thankful that the Lord can help me cultivate a clean heart to fight off the disease of sin, which seeks to destroy my heart.Pressing On! Dwayne