As a new Father, there are three things that absolutely melt my heart: my daughter wrapping her hand around my finger, her giggling, and her playing peek a boo. Experts in child development say that infants don’t retain the knowledge of your presence when you are out of their vision. It’s like an out of sight out of mind kind of thing. They recognize you once you step back into their area of sight. These experts actually recommend that you play peek a boo with babies so they can learn that you are there for them even when they cannot see you. We had been playing peek a boo with a blanket for a few weeks. Every time we brought down the blanket, Ember would just squeal and laugh. Then there was a day that we were playing in bed while mommy was getting ready for us to leave. Ember brought up the blanket on herself. When she had uncovered her head, she squealed as loud as she could, and I could not stop myself from scooping her up in my arms and telling her how proud I was of her for figuring it out on her own. Today’s passage makes we wonder if we try to play peek a boo with God.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
It is so easy to think that God doesn’t see the evil of the world, especially when we see the crooked politician in a large house and atheist business man in the nice car. It seems that the wicked prosper while the godly suffer. As we evaluate this, it can be real easy to blur the lines in our own life to gain the things of this world. We try to play a peek a boo game with God. We raise the blanket thinking God can’t see me so I’m ok. This is what I call a secret sin. Honestly speaking, I myself struggle with a secret sin. I think we all probably do. We go into a room and shut the door; we drive down the road; we’ll travel out of town, all just to get away from people so we will not get caught doing the thing that we know we shouldn’t. We pull the blanket over our head and say no one can see me, so I can give into this flesh desire I have. In our passage, God is telling us that He will not be mocked or tricked. He does see what’s going on and those who sow to the flesh will get their reward… only their reward is actually punishment. Likewise, He sees those who are sowing to the spirit and their reward will be eternal life. Christian, if you are trying to play peek a boo with God and trying to hide that secret sin from Him, I want to encourage you to tear down that blanket and reveal yourself fully to God. God is full of mercy and forgiveness, so when you pull that blanket down He will scoop you up into His arms and tell you how proud He is of you as He says, “Well done my True and Faithful Servant.” Stop trying to play games with God, because He will not be fooled into thinking you are good when you are not. Just like I am there watching Ember closely, keeping her safe when she can’t see me, God is watching us even when we try to hide. God knows where we are and what we are up to. We can’t hide from God, so stop trying to play peek a boo. Show yourself fully to Him; let Him cleanse you; and let Him hold you for eternity.
God, I am thankful that even in the seasons that I have tried to hide from you, I was never hidden from you. Although you may have been out of my sight and mind, I was never out of yours. God, as we all struggle with these secret sins, let them be fully revealed to you that we can stand in holiness. As we bring down the blankets in our lives, God, I pray that you will forgive us when we fail you and that you will purify our hearts. We pray this in the name of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.