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Hidden But Always Present
by Judy Webb
Lent is a season of reflection and maybe even change. As Christians the world over observe this season leading to the Cross of Salvation, we might be challenged to take a long hard look at our lives. I know this year I have been examining my purpose and God’s plan and how I am aligned with it. As I take a hard look, I am discovering that there are many distractions or idols that I turn to for comfort. Some days I wonder if I truly am on the right path. I know I am saved by the Grace of God, but I wonder, does my life really cause others to want to know Jesus?
“Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself, the God and Savior of Israel.” (Isaiah 45:15)
This is a puzzling verse, as I don’t quite understand what is meant by “a God who has been hiding himself.” I admit, there are times I don’t think God is present, but then I realize that His ways are often mysterious. “Your path led me through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.” (Psalm 77:19)
There are days when I allow the problems of this world to overtake me. I let them be front and center and avoid handing them over to the only one who can make it all better. In these cases, I think perhaps I am that idol. I am ignorant and unwilling to admit that I need God to help me; I avoid submitting to Him and His will.
“Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save.” (Isaiah 45:20)
This Lent let’s all try to get over ourselves and come to the realization that Only God can make the difference on our lives that we are seeking. “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:18b)
Prayer Journal – Today, grab a pen and paper and write out a prayer to God. Ask him to reveal any idols that may be taking up space in your life. Give thanks to God for all that He gives (including forgiveness for the sin you just confessed!). When you are done, tuck this away somewhere (so you can read it later and see how God has answered your prayers) and then move into hearing from God through His Word.