God sees everything, and other people have an opportunity to come into our light when we put it on a lamp stand for all to see. Our challenge today is to willingly step into that light and open up to the view of God. He will shepherd and guide us into life…
13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
16 “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. 18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen.
When we think about everything being laid bare before the Lord, we often think about being caught. God sees everything and he will get you for your disobedience. When we add Luke’s account of Jesus’ statement in Luke 8, we see a bit more than just the watch out warning of the all-seeing-eyes of God.
Maybe there are things which should be seen. Not because they catch people out, but rather because they provide light to help others on their paths. Other people have an opportunity to come into our light when we put it on a lamp stand.
It’s true that many people shy away from light, which Jesus says in John 3 is because their deeds are evil and they are worried about them being exposed. There is definitely accountability in the light, yet God’s plan for us is far greater than accountability. God’s plan for us is abundance (John 10:10).
So what will you do with God’s truth today? I know you have things in your darkness which you don’t want to expose before others. I get it. You’re human. We all are. Consider what will happen if you are willing, though, to step into the light and open up to the view of God willingly. Nothing is hidden in his sight, yet our relationship with him will be fundamentally different if we open ourselves to his view.
Would you welcome God into your life and invite his oversight over your world? God wants to help you and not hurt you. Jesus wants to shepherd you and not destroy you. Jesus longs to gather you toward himself as a mother hen does her chicks, yet you must be willing (Luke 13:34).