DO WE HIDE FROM THE LIGHT LIKE THE COCKROACH?

There is no hide-and-seek between us and God. He knows our every thought, word, and act. And if our relationship with Him is good, we can take joy in that fact. Our desire should be to walk in His light every moment.

Eternal Perspectives      by Sally Bair

The cockroach

During a mission trip to Saltillo, Mexico, a busload of us set up camp in an old, vacant sports facility. The teen girls slept on cots in one gym, with two of us adult counselors, while the boys used another gym. The girls brought in snacks galore, something against the rules because of possible visits from varmints on the damp cement.

Sure enough, one morning while showering, one of the girls started screaming. And screaming. Some of us ran to her rescue from a huge, bigger-than-Texas-sized cockroach. The others added their screams to those of the terrified girl. Except me.

“Oh, don’t worry,” I said. “I’ll take care of it.” Not being afraid of bugs and most varmints, I tackled the cockroach. I soon received a new name—hero Sally.

The hardy cockroach, called abominable by many teenagers and adults alike, usually comes out when it’s dark. When a light goes on it scurries for a dark hole or crevasse, just as some Christians do. But the Bible says it’s futile to hide from God. “Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the Lord, and their works are in the dark; they say, ‘Who sees us?’ and ‘Who knows us?’” (Isaiah 29:15)

Psalm 139 also addresses God’s perfect knowledge of man. “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? … The darkness shall not hide from You …” (verses 7, 12)

It can be easy to hide from the light of God’s truth when we know we’ve done something wrong. No one will see us, we think, forgetting that God knows our thoughts, words and deeds. Accepting Jesus as our Savior and Lord is only the first step of a life pleasing to God. It takes diligence to follow Him every day, every hour. It also takes the willingness to depend on Him, on His Spirit, to give us the strength and power to overcome the sins we try to hide.

Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Walking in the light of God’s Word and grace brings joy to the Lord and peace to our souls. And it draws others to Him.

Lord, thank You for Jesus, who is the light of the world. Forgive us the times we’ve scurried from Your light into the darkness, like the cockroach, because of our selfish desires.  Help us always to remember that walking in Your light is so much more rewarding than following in the unrighteous paths of the world around us. In Jesus’ name, amen.