123456 (Psalms 44:21)

 

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. qwerty
  4. password
  5. 111111
  6. 12345678
  7. abc123
  8. 1234567
  9. password1
  10. 12345

 

These are the most common passwords as identified by the United Kingdom National Cyber Security Center (NCSC). 

Source CNN.com

 

Hopefully, it is not one that you use. In fact, the notoriety of the most popular password (123456) has led to it being banned by a popular email program. Most IT experts will state that a longer password is desirable since the difficulty of hacking a password will exponentially increase with each additional character. While this is true, even the most complex passwords are susceptible and an industry devoted to generating random unique passwords for the user has emerged. Hackers have responded by creating their own software which, paired with powerful computer processors, can generate an astounding 350 billion passwords a second. With improving technology, these numbers will certainly increase. 

 

We desire to secure and protect our sensitive information-financial records, personal documents. Yet in spite of our best efforts, we fail. No matter the complexity, passwords will be eventually discovered and our private data can be hacked. The only solution is to keep the password stored only in our minds. Surely, no one will ever be able to hack into our brain to access our secrets?

 

…would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart.

Psalms 44:21 (ESV)

 

No one except God. 

 

However, like those who feel their data is secure by utilizing ever-increasing complex passwords and password-generating programs, some defiant souls ignore God’s warnings and live a life deluded by the false security that God cannot see their actions or know their thoughts.

 

…“The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive.”

Psalms 94:7 (ESV)

 

I know. I was once like them, thinking my secret sins were hidden from others and God, shielded by a password generated by a false facade of accomplishments and denial. God knew my password, in spite of my best efforts, and entered into my most intimate thoughts to reveal the depths of my depravity. 

 

God showed me the futility of trying to keep secrets from Him. Nothing could be hidden from Him. Once I was confronted with this Truth, I surrendered my soul to Him by confessing and repenting of my sins and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. 

 

123456

 

Too simple, too common, and too futile. 

 

My most complex password will never prevent God’s love, grace, and mercy to enter my life. 

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

 

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