Morning Devotion 001: Secret Good

 

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” [Jesus Christ]

It’s often difficult to get out of bed on Sunday and begin choosing the appropriate business attire while concocting a caffeinated smile in preparation for the journey to church. Once there, though, we can shake a few hands, determine other congregant’s opinions on the recent weather patterns and inquire of the quality of operation of their main vehicle.

Opening our Bibles at the appropriate time and looking down at them when others do, we can, like sheep, play the game with a good appearance before men, as if it was their pleasure we should seek.

But what if we never needed to leave our bed?

God is not often where we look, unless we are, in fact, looking. Surely, He is everywhere, but He is rarely found when our eyes are set on other pursuits. God is distant when seeking such things as approval of others or one’s own pleasure.

But didn’t your Sunday School teacher state that God is everywhere? Not a lie, but His presence is lost if we are not seeking to find.

According to the above-quoted Scripture, God is in your bedroom, or even your closet. Now, to be sure, many people’s gods and objects of worship are in their bedrooms, in “their closets”, at the bottom of a bottle, in a special folder on their smartphone or in a 401k. To the extent, though, that one’s bedroom is a sanctuary, a place unpolluted from the gaze of others where you and God are able to meet without distraction or false pretense, God is there.

The writer of Hebrews states that “he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” What better way to do that than when we’re alone, where any possibility of our motivation being anything other than pure is stripped away, where we can honestly and transparently approach Him in our present condition emboldened by the knowledge that, as the writer of Hebrews also states, “there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

God desires a true, sincere and authentic relationship and even indicates where that’s likely to happen. In an age where so many are trying to “get closer” to others by getting them into the bedroom, let’s pursue Our Maker by carving out some alone time, getting to know Him better and leaving the room better off than when we first entered.

2011, Chris Quimby

 

 
 
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