One of my favorite pastimes, when I was a child, was playing “hide and seek” with my neighborhood friends. It was always more fun to play at dusk when shadows from trees and buildings would provide secret places. The first one found from the previous round was always given the task to count while others hid from his sight. Then, the search began for those who were quietly hiding in places they thought were impossible to find. On occasion, someone would find a place that no one had thought of before and the one searching would have to give up and the game would start again.
God “conceals” His glory in much the same way. He does not do it in a malicious manner or play a game with us. Rather, it is His way of revealing His majesty and might, power and presence. He is always there doing something in some way. But it is not always obvious.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings,” said Solomon. In fact, on a previous occasion, he said, “The Lord has said that He would dwell in a dark cloud.”
So, where does all of this leave us? Why would He not be obvious all of the time? Why does He hide from us at all? It is because He is above and beyond us though beside and within us anxious for us to seek and trust Him.
God is worthy of worship and wonder even when He cannot be seen, when dark clouds gather over us, and darkness surrounds us. Though we may walk through a valley filled with shadows, His light is always waiting for us when we walk by faith and trust in Him.
Prayer: Give us courage, Lord, to walk in faith when days are dark, nights long and lonely, and the journey difficult. Increase our trust when our hope turns to doubt. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.