The Hidden Things of God
Today's passage: Daniel 2:19-23
He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.Daniel 2:22
What do I feel when I consider that God knows everything about me--my fears, my secrets, my heart's deepest longings?
Am I reluctant to let God reveal what's inside my heart and mind?
Am I afraid of what my dark places look like, afraid of what God really thinks of me?
It's true, God knows our darkest thoughts, anxieties, and fears; He sees what we try to keep hidden from the rest of the world, the worst parts of ourselves. But we shouldn't feel ashamed or burdened by this, because God always loves us, no matter what; He won't ever abandon us, no matter what lays festering in our darkness. The thing is, God wants access to those dark places; He wants us to let Him in. He wants us to trust Him enough to reveal our truest selves to Him. God takes those dark and ugly parts, shines His light on them and transforms everything into good.
Ask for change: Lord, help me trust You so that I may reveal my truest self to You, even my very worst parts.
Consider what's real: As Leonard Cohen sings in Anthem, "There is a crack in everything ... that's how the light gets in." We are cracked--flawed, broken sinners. But it is in those cracks, in our darkest, most desperate places, that God's light shines the brightest. It's our choice: Do we seal up those cracks and pretend they aren't there? Or acknowledge our weakness, and invite God in to mend our fractures?
Additional verses to consider: Psalm 139:11-12; Isaiah 42:16