The Hiding Place

June 28, 2001

Luke 8:17 – For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. (NIV)

One morning as I got myself ready for the day that lay ahead, I struggled, thinking of how I would tend to the problems I was anticipating.

After slipping a piece of bread into the toaster, I waited for it to pop up. I noted a distinct odour of something burning. I checked the toaster, and then I thought, how long was it since I had emptied the crumbs?

I needed to empty it, and not only to clean it, but to continue on a more regular basis to keep the toaster free of crumbs. It is something that is so easy to neglect.

Then the Lord began to apply this "cleaning" principle to my life. Why was I worrying and anticipating the problems I felt might come up during the day? We know God is in control and we have nothing to worry about. Had I missed doing something in my personal relationship with God? Did I wait too long before emptying all my problems and giving them over to Him? Why was I neglecting to go to Him on a more regular basis?

As Christians, do we tend to neglect the cleaning and maintaining of our personal relationship with God? All the questions in the world will never be answered when we don't take the time on a regular basis to keep the communication line open with our Lord.

Cleaning the toaster and keeping it free from obstructions improved its functioning. We can better our functioning by improving our prayer life and leaving no obstruction between God and ourselves.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to come to You on a regular basis to commune with You. There is nothing hidden from You and all is revealed in Your sight. Teach us to trust You and not to hide or conceal anything from You. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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