Good morning, peeps!
“For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested” – Mark 4:22
Did you know one of the reasons sick people do not go to the doctor is because they are afraid others will know something’s wrong with them? “What if someone I know sees me? Then they’ll know I’m sick and be all up in my business.” So, um, you’d rather die…?? “Well, we all gotta go sometime.”
You killin’ me, Smalls.
I get it though. I used to feel the same way about another place that sick people are afraid to go: church. If I go, then people will know that I need Jesus … and what if the preacher calls me up to the front for prayer? You know not a one of ‘em knows how to whisper and then everyone will know my business. Nope, I’m not going. I’d rather die.
I can’t wait to ask Jesus how His face looked when He said what’s recorded in Mark 4:22. I wonder if He’d just had it with folks and with a funky attitude thought, “Hmmm. How can I say ‘I know you all’s mess and that garbage you think you’re hiding in the dark will come to the light’ without it sounding stank? Oooh, I know: I’ll use the word ‘manifest’. That always sounds holy. Yeah.” And I’m serious as all get out. Think about it: when do people use that scripture? When they want someone’s business to be put on front street and it’s usually said with straight ‘tude, accompanied by a pursed lip and suck of the teeth. Look, busting folks out is not what the passage is about. Not even close. (When you get a chance, read Mark 4 in its entirety. For now, I’ll stick with the “your biz about to be on front street” train of thought.)
What I’ve come to realize is that God is more concerned about YOU knowing what’s up with your life than He is about letting everyone else know. Sometimes we’re in the dark about our own stuff. You know I’m telling the truth. Remember that one outburst? Yeah, that one. I bet afterwards you said, “Man! I didn’t even know that was in me!” God did. God knows all about you: He knows where you are, where you’re going…He even knows what you did last summer. God never wants you to be in the dark about the health of your spirit, and He is kind enough to shine a light on it for only your eyes to see. It can be through a dream, a casual conversation, through a life situation or through the taking of notes during last night’s Bible study (thanks a lot, Jack). God shining a light on your life is not to embarrass you – it’s for knowledge. And with knowledge comes power – the power to overcome. That’s beautiful. That’s love. Have a great day.
(By the way, I will be at a Great Banquet from now through Sunday evening. IJAC will not have a devotional tomorrow. If you’re wondering what in the world a Great Banquet is, it’s three days of worshiping, praying, laughing, and being all up in Jesus’ face with a bunch of women just like me – ones in need of a Savior.)