Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hold Your Hand in This Fire

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!"

[Ralph Venning]

Hebrews 4:13 ... Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Mark 4:22 ... For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.

1 Corinthians 4:5 ... Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.❤