"My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes." Jeremiah 16:17
On Tuesday, a British court ordered Russian marathon runner, Liliya Shobukhova, to repay the prize and appearance money she received from winning the 2010 London Marathon and placing second in the 2011 marathon after being banned for doping. Although six years had passed, Shobukhova was mandated to repay $498,000 plus court costs. The marathoner was also stripped of her 2009-2011 race results proving that, as Jean Racine once wrote, "There are no secrets that time will not reveal."
You know the Bible also tells us that our secrets will not stay hidden- although we may be able to conceal them from the world for a while, they are never concealed from God. In Jeremiah 16:17, the prophet wrote, "My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes." He was warning the Israelites that, although they may have thought God didn't know about their disobedience, sin and idol worship, the Lord knew everything and would not let their deeds go unpunished.
The same is true of the things you and I do... those secret sins we think will never be revealed. We can be sure that God knows those things we have tried to hide from others. And we can also be certain that if we lay them down and ask for forgiveness, He is gracious and just to forgive.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of forgiveness. Help us to repent of those things we have hidden away from you and others knowing that you already know what they are. May we come to you in humility as we acknowledge that we have sinned against you and are in need of restoration. It's in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen.
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