I am the Good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me, just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
John 10:14-15 (ESV)
Series Focus: “Let There Be Light”
Pssst…hey, can I tell you something? But if I tell you, you can’t tell anyone else, ok? When we open up an unknown piece of our heart to someone else it can be risky. Whether it’s a dream we have or something weighing on us, sometimes we just want someone else to understand and fully know what is happening in our lives. We share precious information, with the hope of receiving kindness, confidentiality or maybe even wise counsel.
But there are some things we keep behind closed doors. We never share or reveal them, and we think those things are completely hidden. I’m speaking of future dreams, longings, personal battles, hidden transgressions or even lost hopes. Things we keep buried so deep; no-one will ever know. However, there is someone who always knows, always sees, and even when we attempt to keep things in the dark—He is always with us and always knows us better than anyone else.
The game of hide-and-seek isn’t new to the Lord. It goes all the way back to the Garden. Adam and Eve tried to hide behind the trees, after disobeying God. Just like them, we too, at times hope we can hide something from Him, or we may feel invisible to Him. After all, as long as we don’t talk about them, those hidden places can’t affect us. Right? It may look this way at first, but at some point, we will begin to feel the weight of the so called – skeleton in our closet. Guilt, shame, pride, fear or despair can all breed in the darkness of the hidden corners of our lives.
How can we take comfort in the truth that God truly knows us completely and intimately? Do you believe there is no escaping His presence? Does it frighten you to know God has seen all of your decisions or actions in light of this revelation? We may think some aspirations would be better tucked away, never to see the light of day. Let’s look at a couple of verses in Psalm 139. If we can better understand the magnitude of God’s unfailing love and care for us, it may help us to trust in Him more deeply.
I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. (Psalm 139:11-12 NLT)
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. (Psalm 139:13-14 NLT)
The Lord created you on purpose. He made you intricately, wonderfully, and loves you unconditionally. Your confidence in the Lord’s never-ending care for you in the midst of darkness was completed on the cross of Jesus Christ. From the time you were born, nothing has been hidden from God. He sent His Son for you. His light covers you completely, that no dark place may reside in you as you seek Him and trust in Him. You may want to hide behind the door of darkness because of our own failures, wrongful desires or impure thoughts…but Jesus. He paid the penalty so the darkness couldn’t envelop you.
Sisters, I pray you will allow Psalm 139:23-24 be your desire and prayer today:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Holding Fast to Hope,
Scripture References: Psalm 139; John 1:9, 10:14-15, 14:6