“BTW, Just Between us, K?”

Read: Daniel 2:1-23

     Personal privacy is often not what we think it is.  In this day and age of internet, wifi, smartphone apps, and social media, things are more public than we sometimes would like them to be.  In the news this past week we have seen stories about CEO’s, celebrities, and an NBA team that were caught in the middle of something private going very public and causing many problems along the way.

     Then on the news yesterday I learned of a hacker group in Eastern Europe that has hacked into people’s personal home video camera’s and created an app so that anyone can see what is going on in other people’s backyards, living rooms, children’s playrooms and adult bedrooms.  The news article did not share the name of the app and that’s fine because I don’t want to know it anyway and I sure don’t want to be passing it along.

     A recent Bloomberg Business magazine article started with a headline that said, “BTW, Just between us, K?, Totally…, Not so funny now.”  It talked about this recent trend of things that people meant to be private going very public.  They often embarrass the individuals involved and sometimes cause great damage to careers, relationships and many other things.

     Personal privacy is an important matter in the public square, but we must remember that God is Omniscience.  What does that big word mean?  It means that God knows all things past, present and future. What is hidden from human sight is still known by God. Scripture stresses the wisdom of God in all his actions, and often grounds this in his all-embracing knowledge.  Before we decide to do anything in any manner we should remember this truth.

     In Daniel 2 King Nebuchadnezzar summoned Daniel to interpret his dream for him.  As the story continues Daniel seeks God’s wisdom so that the dream can be interpreted and he says, “He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.  He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.”  Daniel was proclaiming the truth that God is All-Knowing and that nothing can be hidden from his view.

     As we live our lives we need to guarded and careful about what we are “putting out there” for the world to see.  Sometimes what you think is private can become very public in the matter a few minutes.  With that said however, we must always remember that nothing is truly held private from the eyes of God.  We must live our lives to please the Lord and be obedient to his ways.  Anything that we call private is already known by God.

Make it personal:    As you hear the debates about personal privacy play out in the world take time to make sure your life is in a good place and where God wants you to be.  Ask Christ to help you resist temptations and encourage friends and family to keep you accountable.  Remember what the Psalmist says in Psalm 147:4-5, “He determines the number of stars and calls them each by name.  Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.”

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church