12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
I used to play a “hiding game” with the kids. They would climb on my back and I’d pretend to loose them. I would run around the house and look under furniture saying “where’s Caitlin?” and all the while they were on my back trying to not laugh or make a noise.
We hide from God sometimes v16. Secret sins sure, but sometimes it can be more subtle things. Things like self pity or fear or doubt. Maybe, if I’m really honest, it’s unbelief.
I can’t hide anything from God. He sees it all – I know that. What I don’t get is that He’s my Heavenly Father and He delights in me. It’s me on His back and He’s so happy running around the house trying to make me laugh. When will I come to Him just as I am, secrets and all, and just let Him love me? Because it’s in that place there is forgiveness, and grace, and joy, and real love, and true life-change.
Father God, help me live in this place and nowhere else – You love me and I’m your son and your delight.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen