From the Pulpit: You Can’t Fool God

At least some of the time, people can be fooled. If an individual is determined enough and is sufficiently crafty, he or she can hide secrets that may never be known by others.

What many of these same people don’t realize, though, is that even if they can indeed fool others, they can’t fool God. The Bible speaks often about this matter. Mentioning just a few of these verses of Scriptures ought to serve as an adequate warning as to how we should never try to fool God. In Proverbs (5:21) the writer Solomon says, “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all their paths.” Solomon continues in Proverbs (15:3) by saying, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” He also writes in Ecclesiastes (12:13,14) the following summation of life: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” And finally, the writer of the book of Hebrews writes in (4:13) of his letter: “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

The fact of the matter is, God not only sees everything we do, but He also will bring these things into judgment. We will most definitely have to give an account for what we have done in this life, even those things which others may never know about. This warning alone ought to serve as a source of motivation for us not to give into the temptation to do that which is evil!

Are you trying to fool the people around you? Are you at the same time trying to hide things from God? If so, stop what you are doing and repent, asking God for forgiveness. Remember, what you think you are getting away with, you really are not. God knows everything.


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