For some of us, we have a basket on our counter that normally holds fruit for a quick grab snack food. In my family, we do this because if it’s hidden in the refrigerator, we aren’t as apt to grab it for a snack. It’s interesting though – last week I had bought a bag of apples, and I put the bag in the basket without taking the apples out of the bag. To my surprise, no one had touched the apples. As soon as I pulled them out of the bag and put them in the basket, the apples were gone in a matter of days. The same happens with leftovers in our fridge – if it’s got a clear lid versus covered with aluminum foil, we’re more apt to grab it and eat it. Our relationship with God can be seen in the same way. Some of us think that if we pray to God on a regular basis that he’ll know everything, even if it’s uncomfortable for us to be vulnerable before the Lord – like the un-bagged apples in the basket that are open and ready for use. But some of us think that if we don’t confess our sins and talk with God, and wrap ourselves up in aluminum foil, then God won’t know about any of those things and we’re OK. How wrong we are! Even though we may not show and confess our sins to God, he sees them – no matter if we try to wrap them in aluminum foil or out on the counter – God knows every part of our being, including the deepest parts of your heart. Do not be ashamed to come before the Lord with your baggage or ugly parts of yourself, God desires nothing more than for you to set before Him all that you are in order to be molded by His grace.
“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” –Isaiah 64:8
David wrote about it in Psalm 139:1-3, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.”
And in verse 7, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?”
Because like the food in my refrigerator covered with aluminum foil that will go bad if not eaten – when we don’t talk with God we can go “rotten” and be less open to God’s words and guidance. He knows it all anyway … why wouldn’t we want to open ourselves up to Him? What are you covered with? Nothing? Plastic wrap? Aluminum foil? Something in between?
Let this be your prayer this week or for a specific season in your life,
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”