Who Would Dare To Impose On God?
"There is nothing that can be concealed from God."
"A man who is to be tried by one 'Who knows all about him,' should be a pure and holy man." - Barnes' Notes
"The workers of iniquity may find ways and means to hide themselves from man, but not from God. He knows their works, both what they do and what they design." - Matthew Henry
It happens every day.
There isn't a day or an hour when man is not trying to hide something from God.
You gasp in utter amazement and say - "What Utter deception!"
Yet, many are involved in such gross Self-Deception, thinking that they can find a place where they could hide from God or commit some sin that even He cannot see.
The sad thing about it is that many "Christians" have swallowed this lie from the devil. Somehow, they think that they can pass off their hypocrisy for sincerity. For a time, they may get away with it before men, but they can never hide what or who they really are from God.
Impose! There are several shades of meaning for this word - some of which are - to delude, take advantage of, palm off(impose by fraud), foist on(pass off as genuine or worthy). Hence, we get the word imposter, meaning - faker, pretender, fraud, masquerader, deceiver, imitator, wolf in sheep's clothing, phony, con man, and charlatan.
Who could possibly delude or take advantage of God? What utter foolhardiness to even try!
Yet, it happens all the time in the world and even in the Church.
Only those who are totally ignorant of the Word of God would even attempt such a thing!
Hebrews 4:13 tells us - "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight."
All of creation is constantly exposed to God's view. Every being is known by Him. He marks their every thought, feeling, plan, and desire.
The same Scripture goes on to say - "...but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do."
Notice that the Scripture did not say - "some things."
It said - "...all things..."
Does that include "the secrets of men"(Romans 2:16) - the hidden desires, fantasies, lusts, passions, motives, or thoughts - which are concealed from the sight of man?
Yes, "...all things..." certainly include those deep and "secret" things which are hidden from man but very obvious to God.
"...all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him..." - They are bare, exposed, and uncovered. The picture drawn for the word "opened" is that of an animal - about to be slaughtered for sacrifice - whose neck is bent back so as to expose its throat for cutting. The idea is that every possible covering is removed so as to make something bare or exposed entirely.
"...naked and opened..."
"...naked and opened..."
"...naked and opened..."
To Whom? In Whose sight?
To the only One Who counts - the Lord Jesus Christ!
"...all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him..."
Oh! That these words would be forever burned into the hearts of every man, woman, boy, and girl - in the world and especially in the Church!
Oh! That mankind would realize that they cannot hide anything from God.
He sees it all!
Job 34:22 verifies this truth by saying - "There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves."
There is no dark cavern or obscure place that is so thick, solitary, or remote from light or sight where the guilty may hide from the all-seeing eye of the Lord. They may successfully conceal themselves from the view of man for a time, but they can never hide from God.
Oh! That every Preacher - called by God - would step out of the Church House and fill every Street Corner, lift up his voice, and begin to proclaim to all this vital spiritual Truth that - NO MAN CAN EVER HIDE ANYTHING FROM GOD!
Job 34:21 attests - "For His eyes are upon the ways of man, and He seeth all His goings."
If this be true - which it most certainly is - then even the most subtle cannot escape His eye. All of man's actions are regarded and recorded by the "eyes" of the Lord.
Hebrews 4:13 says - "...all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him..."
Job 34:21 adds - "For His eyes are upon the ways of man, and He seeth all His goings."
"...the ways of man..."
"...all His goings."
"...are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him..."
"For His eyes are upon..."
"...He seeth all..."
These "eyes" of the Lord are so powerful that they even penetrate through Hell, destruction, and death.
Job 26:6 tells us - "Hell is naked before Him, and destruction hath no covering."
Job 38:17 inquires - "Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?"
Man can't see that which is beyond the grave - either the place where departed spirits abide or the place where destruction reigns. God sees it all and knows its happenings. It is "naked before Him."
Death is a great secret to man. Most can attest to the fact that they have never opened up the "gates of death" or passed through the "doors of the shadow of death." They're concealed from his view. Yet, they are constantly before God. His "eyes" penetrate into these dark and gloomy areas.
Knowing this, we must ask ourselves some straightforward questions -
Who would dare to impose on God?
Who would be so presumptuous as to play the hypocrite before Him Whom Hell itself cannot escape His sight?
Who would venture to think that he could sin and hide it from this all-seeing One?
What about you, O Reader?
Have you been deceived by the enemy of your soul into believing that you can hide sin from God's sight?
Are you trying to live two kinds of lives? Around the Church folk, do you act holy and sanctified, but around the world, you are wicked and ungodly?
Behind closed doors, who are you? Who is the person that God sees when no one else is around?
How long do you think that you can get away with your deception?
Don't let the devil lie to you another minute.
There is no "hiding place" besides Jesus.
Stop running from God.
Let this be your Day of Reckoning.
Repent and come clean before the only Savior - the Lord Jesus Christ - the One Who has the power to change you.
Realize this - You're not getting away with anything.
Contrary to what man or the devil would like for you to believe - The Lord Jesus sees it all.
May God Bless His Word.