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Closet Behavior

Monday, November 17, 2008

by William James

“Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” – Jeremiah 23:24

As Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray He instructed them, “When you pray, go into your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done is secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)

In the King James Bible the word translated “secret room” is referred to as a closet. From that phrase, the world coined the term “closet behavior” to describe those things we do in private that we do not want to become public knowledge. Used in that sense, closet behavior has nothing to do with receiving a reward from a Father who sees what is done in secret!

The world’s version of closet behavior is about keeping secrets. Things done in the closet are kept hidden in a futile attempt to escape the consequences of our actions. We speak of “closet drinkers” and “closet eaters.” Compulsive shoppers often stash excessive purchases away so that others will not know about their behavior. Compulsive debtors shove unopened bills away in desk drawers.

In recent days we have heard a lot about a new closet behavior: sexual sin and pornography. And as aghast as we are when such incidents make the headlines, when we are honest with ourselves and others we find that in varying degrees all of us try to hide certain things. Even as committed followers of Jesus we are sometimes deluded into believing that secrecy will protect us from public scrutiny – and allow us to continue behavior that we know in our heart is wrong, but that we aren’t willing to surrender to the Lordship of Christ.

As we begin to practice the spiritual discipline of self care, we begin to learn the true meaning of closet behavior – spending quiet time alone with God, and allowing Him to remove those shameful things we try to keep a secret. In our personal devotion time we find the courage and strength to break the strongholds that we feel we must keep hidden because they continue to cause us so much shame and pain.

Prayer and Scripture combine to give us powerful weapons to break the downward cycle of addictive behavior. We find that time spent alone with God in our prayer closet empowers us to say no to the destructive closet behavior of secret-keeping that keeps us in defeat and despair. Today it is my prayer that all of us will make time to go into our prayer closet, close the door and spend time with our Father, who sees what is done in secret. God will give us the desires of our heart when we delight in spending closet time with Him.

In opening ourselves to God’s influence our deepest destiny is fulfilled.

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