Many of us have things in our past we wish to hide. We have done or said things of which we are now ashamed and embarrassed. Some of those things were foolish indiscretions of youth, when our wills were ruled more by emotions than intellect. Others cannot be blamed on youth, but only on the strength of temptation and the weakness of faith.

I have never understood why some people use these sinful things as a spiritual marquee. They openly profess their youthful indulgences, claiming the Lord saved them from themselves. The demons of drugs and illicit sex had bound them until Jesus set them free. They almost appear to revel in their rebellion.

I am glad people who know me best have not tried to find out every mix-step and blunder. I would be ashamed for them to know about some things from years past. I am quite happy about their ignorance. I suspect they feel the same way: let us leave the past in the past.

However, I must confess there is a person who knows everything about me. Things I have forgotten, He knows. Things I remember with shame, He knows. He knows not only what I have done, but also what I have thought. Thoughts and desires which have never been expressed to a living soul, He knows. I am entirely incapable of thinking or acting apart from His knowledge.

This person who knows everything about me is the one John describes as walking in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks and He who holds the keys of death and Hades (Rev. 1 :12-18).

There is no place I can go to escape His scrutiny. He sees me when I arise and when I retire; when I work and when I play. Wherever I am, He sees and knows.

He not only knows me, He knows you (singular and plural). He told the church at Ephesus, “I know thy works, and thy toil and patience, and that thou canst not bear evil men, and didst try them that call themselves apostles, and they are not, and didst find them false” (Rev. 2: 2). No congregation has any secrets from the Lord. He knows our strengths and weaknesses, our wants and our wills.

It becomes us individually and collectively to try to live in such a way as to cause no disappointment and wrath from our Savior. He calls upon us to forsake sin and return to truth. To Ephesus He said, “Remember therefore whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou repent” (Rev. 2:5)  -  Author Unknown

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