Everybody has secrets. Some secrets remain hidden for
centuries. For example, it wasn’t until 1922 when an archeologist discovered
the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen that evidence showed his parents, Akhenaton
and Nefertiti had tried to abolish the worship of Egypt’s traditional gods
during their reign. When Akhenaton and Nefertiti died, priests removed all
records and inscriptions about their attempt. No one was ever to know about
their plans and actions to banish the pantheon of gods from Egypt’s belief
system. It was thought that knowledge of the godless dynasty would be lost
forever. But, the priests forgot to destroy King Tut’s tomb and the evidence it
contained. When the tomb was rediscovered, the long buried secret came to light.
There is no doubt that many other historical secrets remain
to be uncovered. In the USA, there are over 50 million files classified as
“top-secret.” In many cases, these files remain classified to protect people
who were informants. Meanwhile, not having the hard facts about these files
drives some to generate conspiracy theories about those secrets. It would seem
that human history, as we know it may be more half-truth than full truth.
However, there is someone who knows all of it – the whole
truth, and nothing but the truth. And He has secrets too. Proverbs 25, verse 2
in the Message Bible sums it up rather well: “God delights in concealing things; scientists delight in
Human beings are naturally curious. Physicists have worked
entire lifetimes, only to uncover small bits behind the secrets of what makes
the Universe work. And, it seems the more that is discovered; the more we find
there is to learn. It is humbling to know that in spite of tremendous advances
in knowledge, we still know very little about the cosmos. And we may never know
– most of the universe is made of what scientists call dark matter and dark
energy – which are beyond our resources to measure. It’s quite possible that
how it all works may always remain a secret.
Human beings also have areas of “dark matter” within their
own personal universe. All of us have
done things or thought things that we wouldn’t want anyone else to know about.
We even live in denial, often refusing to admit our faults to ourselves. However,
while we may be successful in hiding our sins from others, and even from
ourselves, no amount of denial can hide them from God. He tells us that he
“knows the heart’s secrets.”
However, God holds the secrets of our sins in the most
secure and classified of files. He even withholds our records from
himself. In Psalm 103, verse 11-12, he
tells us, “For as high as the heavens
are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the
east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
am reminded of the wonderful words in the famous old Hymn, To God be the Glory: “O perfect redemption, the
purchase of blood, To every believer, the promise of God; The vilest offender who truly believes, That moment from
Jesus a pardon receives.”
This is knowledge that should bring us great comfort.
It stands at the heart and core of the gospel and should never remain a
I’m Joseph Tkach, Speaking of Life.