HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
THE KEY TO INTEGRITY
NOTHING ABOUT US IS HIDDEN FROM THE SIGHT OF GOD.
There is no such thing as a “private life” before God. There are no “secret sins” in His sight. As Hebrews 4:13 says, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” There are absolutely no areas of any one person’s life—at any time—that is not a completely open book to God. He sees and knows all that there is to know about every one of us.
God’s absolute, thorough, complete knowledge of everything about us certainly involves our actions. As 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” But His knowledge is much deeper than of our actions alone. It also involves our very words. Jesus once taught that
. . . out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give an account of it on the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned (Matthew 12:34-37).
I don’t know how you respond to that, but I tremble at it! I look back with great regret at some of the things that I’ve whispered into someone’s ear or muttered under my breath! And God heard it all!
So when we openly go against the wishes of our God and His word He sees that also. When we whine and dance to the vulgar music holding the beer or liquor in your hands for the world to take notice, God sees. When we hide in the dark and secret places to do evil and sin, brethren REMEMBER God sees and take notice. As children of God, we are to live above reproach and our lives must match up to the Scripture at all times.
What’s more, His perfect knowledge even extends to our thoughts! You’d think that what happened inside your own head was private property! And it is ‘private’ to other people. But it’s not ‘private’ to God. As Psalm 139 says; O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off” (Psalm 139:1-2).
When I consider the thorough knowledge that God has even of my private thoughts, I am ashamed of the lustful images that have passed through my mind, or the vengeful conversations I’ve played out, or acts of malice against another that I’ve imagined, or the arrogance and pride that I’ve harboured.
Now; when I say all that, I’m just as quick to say how grateful I am that ours is also a merciful God. Even though He sees and knows all things, He’s also ready to forgive us our sins of deed, or word, or even our thoughts, if we will confess them to Him. I’m grateful that Jesus has completely paid the price for all those sins of mine on His cross.
But the realization of God’s thorough knowledge of every aspect of my being is a powerful motivation toward integrity in my life. I’m far from perfect, but knowing that God knows me so thoroughly makes me want to be pure in His sight. And it makes me cry out to Him, as King David did at the end of Psalm 139,
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24).
I believe Joseph understand that truth about God—that absolutely nothing about us is hidden from His sight. That’s why, even with everyone else out of the room, and with Potiphar’s wife having a vested interest in secrecy, he was still able to say, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
And in addition, I believe he also understood that except the practising Christians today. O, how some ministers exploit the weakness of some of the members. They cannot be trusted to be with the shadow much less the person. Some sin like the air we breathe. Some just don’t care that they sleep with the women in the “secret room” and thinks God cannot see because it is a “secret room”. Yet those are the ones that come out to condemn others rather than confessing their sins to God and assisting others to follow.
There is coming a day and god is going to get us, because whatever is done in private will come to light.