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“For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14 NKJV).
The Yoruba have a proverb that goes thus: O tafa si oke yi odo bori, bi oba aye ko ri o, ti orun n wo o. Literally, it means one who is doing anything secretly, if the earthly king does not see him, the heavenly king is looking at him. This is applicable to many people who are not only secretly, but even openly, doing nefarious activities and think that they can get away with it. Unfortunately, the judicial systems of some countries encourage these people, and the people think they are above the law. They may be above the law of their countries, but God will bring them to judgment accordingly one day.
There have been miscarriages of justice in favour of some very important personalities here in Nigeria recently. Just some days ago, there was such a case where a high profile public servant was sentenced to two years imprisonment with a fine option of N750,000 for conspiracy and stealing of N32.8 billion from police pension funds; a fine the convict happily paid on the spot and walked away a free man. Although, there have been public outcry against the judgment and the man has been re-arrested for more criminal charges, but it indeed sends a bad signal to the younger generation.
There were many misuses of power by many high profile personalities in the Bible. Although, these people thought that people did not see them, or could not question them for their injustice, God saw, and brought them to judgment accordingly. I will cite two cases to prove this. King David committed adultery with Bathsheba, craftily murdered her husband to cover the sin, and eventually married her. God sent Prophet Nathan to David to rebuke him and pronounce judgment on him (see 2 Samuel 11-12). King Ahab wanted to have the vineyard of Naboth because it was close to his palace. Naboth would not want to do away with his family inheritance, so Jezebel, Ahab’s wife, conspired with some people, they murdered Naboth, and Jezebel handed over Naboth’s vineyard to Ahab. However, the King of kings saw this and sent His prophet, Elijah, to rebuke and pronounce judgment on the wicked couple (see 1 Kings 21). Indeed, there are many Bible passages that teach about God’s judgment on every action either good or bad, done secretly or openly (see Psalm 96:13; Ecclesiastes 11:9; 12:14; Matthew 12:35; Luke 12:2; John 5:29; Acts 17:31; Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-20).
Are you in any high position? What are doing with the position? Do not think that you can get away with any secret thing done in that position. People may not see you, or pretend not to see you, but, remember that the Ultimate King – God – sees you and He will judge you accordingly.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: God, let me be conscious of your presence and judgment both now and hereafter.
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