3 Reasons This Promise Is Reassuring
God seeing and hearing the deeds in the dark is actually a good thing. Here are three reasons why.
1. Repentance (God’s love) – When God exposes sin it is important to realize that he is not trying to embarrass or to bring shame. He is trying to produce correction that leads to repentance.
Think of it in this manner. God loves you so much that he would rather expose your sin than to allow you to stay in it. The goal is to bring you to a place of repentance and if it means that he must expose it, he will—because he loves you.
He cares about your personal relationship with him and your eternal condition more than your temporary embarrassment.
2. Reckoning (God’s justice) – If a person chooses not to repent, there is eventually a day of reckoning coming. So many people can point to areas in this world where it seems like justice is not served or things are not fair. The fact that God really does see and hear what is done in the dark should be reassuring because it means no one really escapes justice. They may elude the arm of the law but they can never escape the eye of the Lord.
Every evil word or deed that has not been dealt with through the shed blood of Jesus, has a day of reckoning coming. By the way, this is not something to rejoice over but to weep over. When you consider the eternal destination of a person who must pay the full penalty of their sin it should hurt your heart. That alone should cause mercy and grace to swell up within you.
Remember none of us are deserving of the forgiveness and salvation we have received. You and I are simply products of God’s amazing grace.
3. Reward (God’s system of recognition) – There is another side to the fact that God sees and hears what is done in the dark. There is a phrase repeated three times in Matthew 6:
Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
The secret things spoken about in Matthew were giving, praying, and fasting. However, Matthew 6:1 refers to all your acts of righteousness; the good deeds and righteous living not done for the eyes of man so everyone can talk about how “wonderful” you are. Instead, good deeds and righteous living done in the dark where only God sees.
Jesus even mentions: when praying, to go in your closet and close the door. That’s about as in the dark as you can get (even though modern closets have lights in them, but I think you get the point.)
These secret things are done out of a heart or character that is properly motivated and properly aligned. When God sees and hears what is done in the dark, the good things, he rewards you. Some translations even say he rewards you openly. Not for your detriment, but for your honor.
Isn’t it amazing how God has a way of honoring those who don’t seek to be honored and humbling those who do?
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