All is Discovered!

Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance" (Psalm 90:8).

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the master detective, Sherlock Holmes, used to playfully tell how he sent a telegram to each of twelve friends, all men of great virtue and reputation and considerable position in society. The message was worded: "Fly at once, all is discovered." Within twenty-four hours, the story goes, all twelve had fled the country!

This serves to remind us that if our every secret were known, it would drive us into seclusion out of fear and embarrassment. And yet there is coming a day of exposure, broader and deeper than any well-publicized scandal on earth. Someday, the book of our lives will be opened and read for all to see. As Romans 2:16 reminds us, "In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." In that day, there will be nowhere to run and hide!

Yes, in eternity all will be discovered, but right now, all can be forgiven! The Lord is keeping a record that only a sinner's confession to God can erase. As Psalm 130:3-4 says, "If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, 0 Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared."