Psalm 25:4 Show me Your ways O Lord teach me Your paths.
Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to search out a matter.
Luke 20:21-25 …Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.
I find the proverbs verse very intriguing. Don’t you?
The glory of God is to conceal a matter. Huh? God gets glory for hiding something? Sounds backwards doesn’t it?
Ah but what He’s really doing is sparking curiosity. He is wooing us to draw closer to search the matter out for ourselves. He loves when we seek Him and try to reason a matter out.
He places the proverbial cookie on a shelf just a tad too high for us, so we must struggle a little to reach the cookie. He knows the struggle is good for our growth.
Have you read that story about the boy and butterfly? He found a cocoon and took it home to wait for it to turn into a butterfly. The day came when the cocoon started to wiggle and move. The boy could tell what was inside was struggling to free itself. Thinking he was helping, he took some scissors and made a small cut in the end of the cocoon. The butterfly emerged. But instead of being ready for flight, it’s wings were withered and it died.
The butterfly needed the struggle to free itself because during that struggle blood would be squeezed into the winds until they were fully formed.
The point for us is don’t try to escape the struggle too soon. For we know the plans that God has for us are not to harm us but to prosper us and give us a future and a hope. (Jer 29:11)
The last point I’d like you to consider is we belong to God. He made us. He knows what’s best for us. As Jesus said render to God the things that are God’s.
Lord Your ways are right and true. I want to live as You did, following Your ways rather than mine. I’m so easily entangled with my way, that it conceals Your way. Help me Lord seek out Your way. Help me learn to depend on You. Teach me to give You what is Yours. Allow my life to bring You glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.