But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
As I read this promise this morning, I am struck by its dual application. It feels as though it is both a promise that should give me a moment’s pause and a promise that should cause me to breathe a sigh of relief.
It should give me pause because there is the implication that everything I do — no matter how secretive I think I am being — will be displayed in front of everyone one day. The promise of a future judgment is a promise that everything I do — good and bad — will be displayed publicly and rewarded or censured as appropriate. Nothing I think I have covered up will remain thus. Nothing that I think I have hidden is unknown to God and none of it will remain unknown to others.
I am able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that this can also mean that all secrets will eventually stop being secret. There will come a day when I know as I also am known. There will be nothing about my God; no detail regardless how small that will not be open to examination. I will be able to ask and be answered; to seek and find. The secret things belong to the LORD (Deuteronomy 29:29) and the LORD offers us Himself. I will be able to know all the things that I seek to know in the day that I know as I am known. And that, for such as me, is a welcome relief.
Let me be mindful that all I do ostensibly in secret will be revealed and all things that are currently hidden will eventually be known. I will know as I am known and that is both a warning and a sweet promise.