Your Father Sees In Secret
One of the many abilities of Almighty God is His night vision. The sweet singer of Israel spoke of this Divine quality in these words, “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You.” (Psalm 139:11f)
Now, let me ask you…how does that truth affect you? Does it strike terror in your heart when you think about it? Or does it provide you with comfort? If you are like me your response would probably be, “Well…it depends on what I am doing in the dark, in secret, at the time, doesn’t it?” Fair enough. If we are bent upon evil…if our hearts are set upon it…if we are not interested in resisting it…then we like to weave that web of darkness. We want to go about shielded by the cover of darkness. We are like the poor alcoholic who waits until no one is watching and the liquor store is empty…goes inside, places his order, gets it in a brown paper bag…then he leaves, looking about to see if anyone is paying attention…finds a deserted alley…goes around the dark corner and turns the bottle up, still in the brown bag…and drinks it down in the face of God. Such are our paltry efforts to hide our sin from God.
But when David speaks of God’s ability to see in the dark, he isn’t trying to scare anyone. Jesus says this, “…pray to your Father Who is in secret. And your Father Who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6b) Listen to the Lord now…the fact that God sees in secret is meant to comfort and inspire all citizens of the heavenly Kingdom. Of course God knows all about our sin. He also knows that our sin doesn’t completely define us, because of His grace, Christ’s blood and our faith. Think about the following words… “You are those who have stayed with Me in My trials” (Luke 22:28). Do you remember who Jesus was talking to then? He was addressing that rag tag group of disciples who so often misunderstood Him…so often acted presumptuously…so often proceeded upon terrible motives…in other words, they were sinners all. In fact, in Luke 22, just before Jesus gives them this high, high praise, they had been arguing over which of them was the greatest. But though there was all this badness in them, Jesus knew that was not all there was to them. He knew there was within them a heart for what He was offering them. He knew that at their core they wanted truth…wanted to be better…wanted to do better…wanted to be there for Him…to serve Him…to glorify Him. No! Sin was not all there was to them. Their sin was not the central truth about them. Jesus knew all their secrets…knew their sinful tendencies. But they were still there with Him, weren’t they? That counted for something. His complete knowledge of them didn’t cause them to feel they must run away to the shadows to escape His searching, critical gaze. They trusted His seeing of them. They knew that He would not only see the dark things of their lives, but His knowledge of them would include taking note of the fact that they were not at peace with their sin. They had some level of desire for better. There was good in them too…maybe it was only a germ…and it’s true that Jesus put it there…but there it was. The Lord could work with that and with them. And He can work with you and me too. Yes, your Father and mine, sees in secret. Don’t be afraid to meet Him there.