During this morning’s time with God (Tw/G), one word came up: Hidden. There may be one basic definition, “kept out of sight; concealed”, but I found (lol, get it?) several different nuances in three specific verses.
First up, Hebrews 4:13
Nothing in all the world can be hidden from God. Everything is open before Him. And to him we must explain the way we have lived.
So, the initial message was about what is not hidden: anything, not from God, the Creator. He knows all and sees all. He made everything, and is well aware of all the nooks and crannies and the cracks things might fall through.
God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field. One day a man found the treasure. He hid it again, and was so happy that he went and sold everything he owned and bought the field.
Here, I perceived the lesson to be about things that are out of sight but that can be discovered, learned, obtained, reached, understood. The verse just says “found”, it doesn’t speak about the effort of the man. Was he searching? Or did he stub his toe on the cornerstone? In my experience, yes. I have both gained from looking and studying carefully, and from miraculous revelation. Neither does the verse say what happened after the purchase was complete. Did the man hoard or share the treasure? All I can ask is what have I done with the treasure that I received?
Especially when I came across the final verse, Matthew 25:18
But the servant who got one [talent] went away and dug a hole… [and kept the treasure] hidden.
Finding treasure is one thing. Possessing it is another. And shouting for joy and sharing it to any or all is a third, and perhaps most important. When we try to hide anything He from whom nothing can be hidden, we are at peril.
Many things in Christian faith can be considered priceless. Salvation. The Good News of mercy, forgiveness, understanding, and grace. Truth and honesty. Confession. Fellowship. Trust. Hope. I want to distribute to all from the abundance of these things I have found.