(Ralph Venning, “The Plague of Plagues!” 1669)
“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!” Hebrews 4:13
Take heed of what men call secret sins. There are only too many who continue in wickedness, because as they think, no one knows how wicked they are. They are drunkards–but it is in the night. They are immoral–but it is in the dark. Their mystery of iniquity trades in the works of darkness and in the dark. Indeed, if men could sin and no eye see them–then they might sin securely; but this is a falsehood as well as a mistake.
Once a young maiden was tempted to be unchaste. The person who solicited her, promised to do great things for her if she would yield.
“I will,” he said, “do anything for you!”
“Will you?” she said, “then hold your hand in this fire!”
“Oh, that is unreasonable!” he answered.
“But,” she replied, “it is much more unreasonable that I should burn forever in Hell for your sake! Who would venture his soul to eternal torment–to gratify his own or another’s pleasure and lust?”
We cannot escape God’s sight–any more than we can escape His judgment. He sees us, though like Adam and Eve we cover ourselves with fig-leaves. And He will one day call to us, as He did to them, “Sinner–where are you?”
You cannot flee from His presence. You may more easily hide from yourselves–than from God.
I hope you will say, for I am sure you will see cause to do so, “How shall I do this wickedness–and sin against God!”
“Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him? Do not I fill heaven and earth?” Jeremiah 23:24