“The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.” Proverbs 20:27 NLT
It ‘s origin traces back to 1941. It was the boxer Joe Louis who coined the phrase “he can run, but he can’t hide”. The origin of the phrase related to the conditions within the boxing ring, but the phrase stuck beyond that application because it describes a tendency of the human condition. When guilty; run and hide.
The problem with running and hiding is that it is an unproductive exercise when it comes to sin and guilt. The scenery may change but the guilt never goes away, it remains with you.
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” Hebrews 4:13 NLT
Thoughts, motives, actions and words are not hidden from the Lord. But I want to remind You that as a child of His, He sees not as a punitive judge, but as a loving Father. He takes no pleasure in seeing the hidden conditions that burden us, but rather shines His light in our lives not to shame us, but to heal us and set us free.
The key to our freedom? Confession
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16 NLT
Psychologists have recorded what the Bible revealed long ago, confession is good for the human soul. Where psychology stops short is that confession is only half of the freedom transaction. The second half is forgiveness, and forgiveness is found in Christ alone.
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9 NLT
My prayer for you this week: “Oh Lord let the light of Your Word examine our hearts and let us confess and repent of anything that is not of You. Let us then be set free to live the lives you intended without fear.”
In His Hands,