I woke up this morning thinking about painting. We are in the process of planning to paint the inside of our house. As I was praying and thinking on all that entails God started to speak to me. One of the ways He speaks to us is in the everyday events and circumstances of life.
The majority of Jesus’ interactions and conversations occurred in and around everyday situations. He talked with people about spiritual issues where they were most familiar, and didn’t’ need a special setting to discuss things of eternal significance. Jesus connected with people’s thoughts and feelings, understanding that new ideas needed to be connected with a familiar frame of reference if they were to make an impact.
The bible says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) He still communicates with us through the framework we are familiar with, drawing the everyday things of our lives and spiritual concepts together to bring revelation, correction, and direction.
Today He spoke to me through the everyday task of painting. As I listened God shared with me about the importance of allowing His presence and hand into every area of our life. We are all good at only letting God and others see what we are comfortable with. But God wants to touch, refresh and clothe with His power and presence in even the hidden spaces, and the parts we can often become very adept at covering up or tucking away out of sight.
When you paint a house it takes extra effort to paint in all the cupboards, and little nooks and crannies. We could easily just leave the clothes in the cupboards, the food in the pantry and not bother to move large furniture, when painting a house. We may think, “it’s okay, nobody will bother looking, or see those hidden areas so it doesn’t matter”.
But when it comes to our internal world, somebody does see, and eventually others will too. God sees all. He sees the stuff hidden away in our “closets”, the attitudes, secret sins, habits, addictions, mindsets and anything else we try to push out of sight or cover up from others and even ourselves.
The bible tells us that, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).
Today I felt the Lord saying, “I see everything, even the hidden things, and I want to refresh every area of people’s lives. I want to clothe with my presence, just like you would new paint, every “cupboard, nook, cranny and hidden area of people’s lives, so that they won’t miss a thing I want to bless them with, and what I am doing.”
When we hide from God. When we “closet” away areas of our life, it causes us to draw near to God only so far, and then we come to a grinding halt. We end up feeling like can’t go any further in our relationship, because if we do, God, or someone else might see the areas of our life we don’t want seen. Sometimes we even hide things from ourselves because to bring them out of the “closet” is just too painful and difficult.
God loves us unconditionally just the way we are. He accepts us, blesses us, and always wants to draw us close. But He also loves us far too much to leave us in the state we can get ourselves in. We may fool ourselves and everyone else, but we can’t and don’t fool God. He sees, and He knows everything about us.
“Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD” (Psalm 139:4).
“O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways” (Psalm 139:1-3).
“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you” (Psalm 139:15-16).
“Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest?” (Job 21:22).
Today, allow God into even the hidden, closeted away areas of your life. He doesn’t want to harm or condemn us, but simply to prepare us for new life in Him, so that He might clothe us with His presence, blessing and joy; much like a fresh, clean and vibrant “coat of paint.”
Prayer: Lord please help me to be honest with myself and you about my life. I know that I have things that I keep hidden from others, and sometimes even you. Would you please come and shine your light and presence into every area of my life, so that I am no longer hiding. In Jesus Name Amen.