Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 Now, what should we learn from everything that is written in this book? The most important thing a person can do is to respect God and obey his commands, because he knows about everything people do—even the secret things. He knows about all the good and all the bad, and he will judge people for everything they do.
We all know that we make mistakes, that we do things that are wrong. But have you ever found yourself thinking, “Oh well, it’s only a small thing. Besides, God knows what I’m like. He won’t mind.”?
When we’re under pressure, one of the things that we love to do is to behave badly. In fact, sometimes even when we’re not under pressure we still want to behave badly. And we find it so easy, don’t we, to justify, to rationalise away our own bad behaviour? The problem is though, that behaving badly … well, it tends to end badly as well.
We’ve all had boundaries set for us around our behaviour. It began with our parents when we were children, it continues to this day with the rule of law and in fact, whatever social grouping we belong to, that belonging results in boundaries around our behaviour.
But what about when you’re under pressure? What about when you think that nobody else is looking? How do you behave then? Gossiping. Anger. Sexual immorality. Passive aggressive behaviour. Cheating. Lying.
It turns out that there’s rather a lot of wiggle room there. Well … that’s how it appears, but make no mistake – one day, all will be revealed, and every deed and misdeed will be judged.
So however much you may be tempted to rationalise away your bad behaviour, make no mistake. All will be revealed.
That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.