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Foundations For Our Future #82

Foundations for Our Future (82)

by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler

Seeing in Secret

It is a strange but consistent behavior of the disobedient to imagine that nobody knows what we have done but us. The pattern started in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve thought they could hide from God. (Genesis 3:8)

The teaching we are entering into in the sixth chapter of Matthew is a sustained reminder that there is no hiding from God. Our heavenly Father “sees in secret.” (Matthew 6:4)

We have come to this section of Holy Scripture just as we are about to enter the season of Lent. Keeping this season of penitence is a custom that goes back millennia, because the people of God need to be drawn back to their “first love.” We all go astray. We all deceive ourselves about the seriousness of our sins, and the severity of sin’s punishment. We actually, largely unconsciously, imagine we can hide from God.

Lent is a gift. It calls us to face honestly the error of our ways, and the consequences of our lapses. It is meant to bring us face to face with the truth. It beckons us to come into the light. There is a reward for the righteous, and our Father in heaven wants it to be ours.