By Henry Adenegan
Nothing Is Hidden From The Eyes Of The Almighty God
Few years ago, I was invited to a program at the capital of a state in one of the western region of the county. As I was driving to the church, I observed a convoy of vehicles driving dangerously from the rear, blaring their sirens and inside the vehicles were gun-totting officers and an ‘elected Governor’.
All the citizens that he presumably had their votes to get into that office ran helter-skelter at the sight of the seemingly blood-thirsty convoy. I didn’t have a choice but to join others to flee as I had to quickly make a detour to the pedestrian path to give them a right of way.
As we hid from this known but menacing ‘herdsmen’, the officers in the convoy came to our hiding places and started breaking the windshields and side mirrors of our vehicles. I alighted from my vehicle very perturbed and helpless. Passersby and residents came from the street, homes and shops to symphatize with us for our unfortunate losses which was obviously unwarranted.
That is an example of the terrible attitude of a number of people in our world today. They traverse the land with the fallacious opinion that they are not answerable to anyone – they fire arrows to the sky and hide their heads under a mortar thinking that their deeds are not visible to human eyes. I have news for such people, that nothing is hid from the eyes of the Almighty God ( 2 Chronicles 16:9; Genesis 17:1).
He knows and sees all the deeds of man and He is a rewarder and will surely reward every deed. In Jeremiah 17:10 (NLT version) God confirmed this: “I the Lord search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve”. (Revelations 22:11-12; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Revelations 2:23b; Hebrews 11:6b).
It is regrettable that this type of irresponsible behavior pervades the land from ‘ghost youth service’ corp members to ‘ghost workers’ at government controlled organizations to ‘ghost parliamentarians’ who avoid public sittings and yet receive humongous pay packets, to fraudulent judicial officers who right the societal wrongs by apportioning judgments based on ‘cash and carry’, to shameless political power holders that were voted for public interests but running after personal benefits and to our spiritual power wielders that have mortgaged their consciences on the altar of pecuniary benefits.
It is becoming a norm in our clime for people to get paid for work undone, for the ‘side pays’ of some highly placed officers in public and private places to be more important to them than their gazetted salaries hence their lives of opulence and influence.
Wickedness is now the order of the day in our homes and public spaces. Many privileged individuals live wickedly and selfishly but ignorantly about the day of death when all shall end (Ecclesiastes 11:8). It is worrisome how people subject family members and house-helps at their commands to terrible maltreatment and staff working under them are not spared of their “caustic” tongues and wickedness.
Paul, in our text expressed the mind of God concerning those set of people. It is possible to deceive man but God can neither be mocked nor deceived. He said that no one should opine that his works are not known because every overt and covert work shall be rewarded in due course. Jesus Christ gave due credence to Paul’s letter when He told the church in Laodecia as recorded in Revelation 3:15-17 that ” I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” – what a frightening verdict of rejection by God for such people at the twilight of their ages!
During this time of Lent brethren, God is calling on you to carry out a personal, detailed and honest analysis of your life, how wicked and dishonest you have been to yourself, to hapless and helpless people within the precincts of your home, place of work, ministry and the state. It is for this purpose that Jesus Christ came. He came to save the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 15:24). He is calling you today to consider your ways very fast and repent before it is too late and He comes down with His judgment (Acts 3:19; Revelations 2:5). His fiery judgment in Jeremiah 17:11 is that “like a partridge that hatches eggs she has not laid, so are those who get their wealth by unjust means. At midlife they will lose their riches; In the end, they will become poor old fools.” May this never be your end in the name of Jesus.
From this moment, please confess your sins to God, surrender your life to Jesus Christ and be committed to a life of righteousness, integrity, kindness, empathy, love and holiness. Ask for pardon from the people you have wronged and restitute your ways. By so doing, God will forgive your past deeds, give you a new life, prosper your way, bless the fruits of your loins, elongate your years and when your end shall come, you will be blessed with eternal life as opposed to eternal damnation in the name of Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, I am sorry for my evil deeds. Give me a clean heart and new spirit. Give me grace to live a fulfilled life and end well. Help me to make it home at last to reign with you in Jesus’ name