Cracking the Code

I fiddled with my friends’ phone trying to crack his screen lock code. After several attempts at trying to win the ‘crack my screen lock’ challenge I gave up, realising that there were thousands of possible combinations which would probably take me days to crack.

That very evening as I sat in prayer the thought hit me that we have screen locks for our phones, face recognition software for our computers, passwords for our emails and social networking sites, pins for our ATM’s, latches and bolts for our doors and windows and much more.

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All the above are done most often either to protect something valuable or for some privacy for ourselves, but quite often they are used to conceal or hide some wrongdoing of ours.

This got me thinking. We read that right from the time of Adam and Eve, man, after committing sin, tries to conceal his wrongdoing and out of fear hides from his fellow men and from God.

A few other examples from the Bible will clearly illustrate this point.

Moses killed the Egyptian and fled in fear from Pharaoh. (Exodus 2:15)
David tried to hide his lustful and adulterous behaviour by conspiring to cause the death of Uriah. (2 Samuel 11)
Ananias and Sapphira lied in order to hide their sin of keeping some of the proceeds of the land. (Acts 5:2)

Are we hiding any sin in our lives? Do we have dark areas and secret sins in our life that we do not want others to know?

It is shameful even to mention what people do secretly (Eph 5:12), but we tend to get so comfortable in our secret sins that we find absolutely no need to bring these sins to Christ for healing.

All who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light so that their deeds may not be exposed. (Jn 3:20)

Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?” (Isaiah 29:15)

We feel that as long as our sins are not known to our family, friends & relatives, we can continue doing as we wish.

The truth is that Jesus Christ knows and sees everything. No thought escapes Him and nothing is hidden from Him. (Sirach 42:20) His eyes are ten thousand times brighter than the sun. They look upon every aspect of human behaviour and see into hidden corners. (Sirach 23:19)

Let us therefore realise that these secret sins are not at all pleasing to God and let us turn to Jesus who will bring healing into these areas of our life.

For once you were in darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of the light. For the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to God. (Ephesians 6:8-10)

About Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa

Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa is currently a senior resident doctor in ENT at Goa Medical College. He hails from Porvorim and is an active member of Couples for Christ India, for over 15 years. Apart from writing for medical journals both national and international, his love and reverence for the teachings of the church inspired him to start writing about the catholic faith. His daily bible reflections offer great encouragement in the lives of many people, both young and old. He aspires to be a Saint and enjoys playing chess and table tennis in his free time.

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