THERE IS NO HIDING PLACE FOR THE SINNER

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

FEBRUARY 18, 2024

TOPIC: THERE IS NO HIDING PLACE FOR THE SINNER

BY T. O. BANSO

There is no darkness dark enough to hide a sinner from God” (Job 34:22 Good News Translation).

Hebrews 4:13 says nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. There is no hiding place for the sinner. A sinner may think his sins are hidden from man but they are not hidden from God. Sometimes, the sins of many are exposed and become known by fellow human beings. A sinner may hide for some time but his sins will catch up with him either on earth, as his sins are found out, or later on Judgment Day when he will receive his just reward – eternal punishment.

When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the garden, they went into hiding when they heard the voice of God. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ So he said, ‘I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself’” (Genesis 3:8-10 New King James Version).

When God asked Adam where he was, it wasn’t that God didn’t know where he and his wife were. God only wanted Adam to answer Him and expose himself! No sinner is hidden from God. Adam hid but there was no hiding place for him. It was a futile exercise for Adam and Eve to try to hide from the presence of the Lord. Every sinner must repent and not think he can hide from God.

There is no hiding place for the sinner. Psalm 139:7-12 says, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in [c]hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall fall on me,’ even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You” (New King James Version).

There is no hiding place for the sinner. He might sin secretly and think that he has gotten away with it, but God sees him. Achan sinned secretly. No Israelite was aware of it; only Achan and God knew about it. Because of his sin, Israel lost the battle against Ai; the Israelites fled and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six Israelites (Joshua 7:4-5). God eventually exposed Achan, who confessed to taking some of the accursed things in the war against Jericho. He took a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels and hid them in the earth in his tent, with the silver under it (verse 21). All the Israelites stoned Achan and his family to death and burned them (verse 25). Achan thought he had gone scot-free but there was no hiding place for the sinner. After Achan’s sin had been dealt with, Israel defeated Ai.

In 2 Kings 5, Gehazi had gone to lie to Naaman that Elisha sent him to collect the gift he had earlier rejected from Naaman. Naaman gave him two talents of silver in two bags, with two sets of clothing. When Gehazi returned, he lied to Elisha that he didn’t go anywhere. He thought he could hide.

2 Kings 5:25-27 says, Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, ‘Where did you go, Gehazi?’And he said, ‘Your servant did not go anywhere.’ Then he said to him, ‘Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants? Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever.’ And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow (New King James Version).

Repent of your sin. There is no hiding place for the sinner. Sometimes the sins are found out here on earth. But if not, they shouldn’t be deceived that what is hidden from man is also hidden from God.

In Genesis 38, when the time of the mourning of the wife of Judah had ended, he left Kezib for Timnah for sheep shearing and slept with a supposed prostitute. Judah didn’t know that the woman she slept with was Tamar, his daughter-in-law, who had disguised as a prostitute because she was determined to have a child and the father-in-law was trying to save his third child from death following the death of the first two who married her in succession. By this action, Judah was violating the law of levirate marriage prescribed in the Law of Moses (Deuteronomy 25:5-10).

At the request of the supposed prostitute, Judah gave his signet or seal and its cord, and his walking stick as a pledge to her in exchange for sex! Genesis 38:16-18a says, “‘Then he turned to her by the way, and said, ‘Please let me come in to you’; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. So she said, ‘What will you give me, that you may come in to me?’  And he said, ‘I will send a young goat from the flock.’ So she said, ‘Will you give me a pledge till you send it?’ Then he said, ‘What pledge shall I give you?’” (New King James Version). She asked for Judah’s seal and its cord, and the staff in his hand, which he gave her as a pledge, and slept with her (verse 18b). Thus, Tamar had enough evidence to prove that her father-in-law slept with her! Sin will cost you so much!

When Judah sent his friend to give the woman the young goat and get back from her what he had given her as a pledge, he could not find her. He reported back to Judah, and he said they should forget it so that they would not become a laughingstock. On learning that Tamar had become pregnant from prostitution, Judah said she should be brought to be burnt (Genesis 38:24).

Judah covered his sin but was ready to judge another person’s sin! The sin he had covered was the same sin he was angry that another person had committed. This is the case many times. Many people are likely guilty of what they are condemning others for. Jesus says, Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1 New King James Version). He says further in verses 3-5, “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (New King James Version).

There is no hiding place for the sinner. Tamar outsmarted her father-in-law; she exposed his sin! And it came to pass, about three months after, that Judah was told, saying, ‘Tamar your daughter-in-law has played the harlot; furthermore she is with child by harlotry.’ So Judah said, ‘Bring her out and let her be burned!’ When she was brought out, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, ‘By the man to whom these belong, I am with child.’ And she said, ‘Please determine whose these are—the signet and cord, and staff’” (Genesis 38:24-25 New King James Version). There was no hiding place for Judah. He had to admit his sin.

There is no hiding place for the sinner. The sinner must repent and accept Jesus as his Lord and Saviour because the soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:20). He must do that before it is too late. Otherwise, the sinner will end in hellfire where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched (Mark 9:44, 46, 48). But God does not take any pleasure in the death of the wicked but is pleased when they turn from their ways and live (verse 23).

The unrepentant sinner cannot escape the wrath of God. There is no hiding place for the sinner. Revelation 6:15-17 says, And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,  and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?’” (New King James Version). There will be no hiding place for the sinner. Job 34:22 says, There is no darkness dark enough to hide a sinner from God” (Good News Translation). No sinner will be able to hide from the wrath of God or Judgment Day.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and you cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Father, I pray that sinners will face the reality that there is no hiding place for them and give their lives to Jesus. They will repent of their sins and accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour today before it is too late.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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