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July 10, 2018 Daily Devotion from Vernon UMC

Devotional at Vernon UMC

Secrets and Misguided Trust

10 JUL 2018

"...So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell..."
~ Matthew 10:26-28

There's no question that family secrets are destructive. But it matters mightily when and how you reveal them. Resist the temptation to handle them at transition times such as weddings, graduations, and new beginnings.

From government conspiracies to couples having affairs, secrets permeate every level of society. Secrets have existed throughout time, but the nature of secrets has recently changed in our society. Today's families face special dilemmas about secrecy, privacy, silence, and openness.

We live in a culture whose messages about secrecy are truly confounding. If cultural norms once made shameful secrets out of too many events in human life, we are now struggling with the reverse: the assumption that telling secrets--no matter how, when, or to whom--is morally superior to keeping them and that it is automatically healing. My own experience, however, has shown me that telling secrets in the wrong way or at the wrong time can be remarkably painful--and destructive.

Secrets are kept or opened for many complex motives, from self-serving abuses of power to altruistic protection of others. Understanding the best ways and situations in which to reveal a family secret can help you decide when and how to do so.

Adam and Eve thought they could hide from God. They thought to keep their transgression a secret. The partaking of the fruit from the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But God called out, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). Of course, God knew where they were; God was just trying to help them realize how much they had strayed from their Creator. Hebrews 4:13 says, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.”

We must animate ourselves by the thought that God is always with us, that He only allows this trial for our greater good, and that we have not necessarily lost His grace because we have lost the taste and feeling of it.” So pray, ask for help, do something (even something different than you’re used to), and never lose hope that God is always with you, in times of spiritual fruitfulness and in those slumps, too.

Father, all knowing God, we confess that we have sinned against you. Help us to live in a way so that we don't have to hide from you.

In the name of our Savior we pray,
Amen.

Be encouraged and stay strong; be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Peace, Love & Joy

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