Jeremiah 23:24 (NIV)
Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.
Through the Prophet Jeremiah, God asks His people some pointed questions which we would be wise to consider….
Jeremiah 23:23-24 (NKJV)
23 “Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? 24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.
While the context is directed at the false prophets who spoke with a sense of impunity – as though God would not know their misleading words to the people or causing them to go astray from the Truth and the Author of it. I encourage you to read the entire chapter for the full context. However, the point being made here is that God sees everything that is done whether in light or darkness … whether in the open or in hidden places. As David pondered:
Psalm 139:1-7 (NKJV)
1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. 5 You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high; I cannot attain it. 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
It is just not possible to ever be out of the presence of God. God fills all heaven and earth and everything in them … including you and I … our thoughts, words, and deeds! And so God is reminding us this morning … to enter the secret place to find Him – not to hide from Him. For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. (Cf. Matthew 10:26; Mark 4:22; Luke 8:17, 12:2; 1 Corinthians 4:5) Everything we do is exposed in the light of God. So He invites us to live in the light of His presence … to live in the Truth at all times. I believe that is His message to us this morning. Amen.