A church member once told me a story about a young couple in a photo booth. It was one of those booths where you sit in this small space, close the curtain and have about four candid pictures taken of you.
Inside the booth, with the curtains closed, the young man apparently began to act amorous toward the young lady with some playful cuddling. The couple assumed they had some privacy in the little booth with the curtain closed. What they did not know was that what was happening in the booth was being shown on a TV screen outside the booth to the amusement of passers-by.
We may go through life assuming that we have a great deal of privacy in what we do. In a negative sense, we may also feel that we have a great deal of loneliness in life. No one knows what we are thinking. No one knows the pain we are suffering. No one knows our sorrows and fears.
But the author of Hebrews gives us some enlightenment on our situation. What is hidden from God? What does God know?
This passage could cause some discomfort. There is nothing that is hidden from God. God knows everything. This may make us worry that God sees all the wrong things we do.
This is true – God does see all of our faults and flaws. God is aware of the wrong we have committed.
But this passage can also give us comfort. God sees all that we are going through. He knows the goodness in our hearts. He knows the things we long for. He knows the purpose of what we do, and He knows all about those who have caused us pain.
We do not need to fear the eyes of God. Rather, we should be comforted in knowing that God understands us completely. There is no worry or fear or hurt that is hidden from God. When we turn to the Lord in prayer He will hear our prayer. He understands what we want and what we need.
DAILY CHALLENGE: How can the knowledge that everything is laid bare before God give you comfort?