I was traveling in a taxi van during a military coups in Africa. The police had set up check-points along the road. Every few miles, officers stopped our driver who handed the soldier a brown leather envelope with the required documents in it. As we neared our destination, the driver suddenly pulled off the road, into some bushes, and behind tall grasses.
After sitting there for five minutes, I turned to the passenger next to me, “Why are we waiting here.”
“We are hiding.”
My heart pounded. “Why?”
“We are illegal.”
I wanted to jump out of that van as fast as possible, but what if men were out there with rifles aimed at us. I didn’t know I was traveling in an illegal taxi, but had I broken the law? Surely the young mothers with their babies who had joined me in the taxi hadn’t done anything wrong. I didn’t think I did, either. Often in a coups d’etat, it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad ones.
Thirty minutes later, another vehicle approached. It stopped at our driver’s window where our chauffeur handed him the brown leather packet. The other man took the documents and left. We waited ten more minutes and then drove into the village.
A few days later on my way home, the procedure was reversed. Our driver collected the brown pouch from another driver in the hiding place.
The drivers were sharing one set of documents to get through all the check-points. Of course, that was illegal.
A few people think of ingenious ways to break the law. Some use excuses to disobey God’s Commandments. Others live as if there are no consequences. But one day there will be a judgment.
We can never hide anything from the Lord. In the end, we will all stand before Him.
“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.” Hebrews 13:4
It’s useless to hide ourselves and actions from God. Let’s live and behave so we’ll be ready when we face God on judgment day.