Have you ever heard the saying, “if you have to hide it, you shouldn’t be doing it”? That makes sense in a lot of areas of life. For example, child-trainers declare that one of the symptoms of a child’s readiness to be potty trained is that they go off by themselves to mess in their diapers. I’ve found that to be true with many kids. I’ve glanced into playrooms and found toddlers under the desk, peeking out at me with wide, guilty eyes. (I wouldn’t harshly scold them or shame them–their inclination came entirely naturally.)
Humans hide when they feel uncomfortable. It’s a fact of life. Humans also hide when they feel guilty. Our first parents did it.
And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:8)
By this Scripture, you might think that hiding is always bad, that hiding denotes guilt, shame, insecurity or embarrassment. But that is not always the case.
Some Things Should Be Hidden.
Last month, we talked about the harlot Rahab and how she saved the Israelite spies by lying. She hid their presence, and it was counted as a righteous act for her. (Her story reminds me of the many Christians that hid Jews during the Holocaust and lied about their presence.)
Sometimes we’re even commanded to hide good deeds. The Master said that when you give to the poor, do it in secret, so that one doesn’t know what the other hand is doing. (Matthew 6:1-4)
Wisdom also tells us that sometimes things should be hidden. Romantic crushes or family troubles are usually not good fuel for “open discussion”. Discretion should be used in whom you speak to about these types of sensitive issues. A trusted mentor is a precious resource for confiding in.
Some Things Should Not Be Hidden.
Sisters, we should live a life that’s free of boasting, but open to inspection. Our souls should be transparent light, reflecting the Holy Spirit within.
We shouldn’t hide from our family what we did with our boyfriend on Valentine’s Day.
We shouldn’t hide from our spouse who we recently “friended” on Facebook.
We shouldn’t hide from the police that our partner beats us and abuses the children.
We shouldn’t hide from our parents what our cousin did to us when we were little and innocent.
Most of all, we shouldn’t try to hide those things from God. He already knows all of it. And He wants us to come clean, to stop living in shame, and to come out into His cleansing, healing light.
May the only deeds you hide be good ones.
For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. (Luke 12:2)