Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Positioning (Part 4: The Secret Place)
As soon as he did this, the men in the ambush rose quickly from their position and rushed forward.
Joshua 8:19 (NIV)
What is this thing that He said, 'You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come?'
John 7:36 (NKJV)
'As for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.' The man answered and said to them, 'Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from.'
John 9:29-30 (NKJV)
The Bible contains holy secrets, covert missions, and unfolding mysteries. I call it 'covered light.' God's truth is so brilliant that most people cannot bear to see it quickly. It's like being in a dark room and stepping out on a sunny beach. Our eyes hurt. They need gradual transition.
Multiply that darkness by the length, depth, and height of our earth--and all its people. Multiply that light by the infinite perfection of God. In His mercy and wisdom, God reveals Himself at a pace that matches our ability to see.
When Moses descended Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, his face was exceedingly radiant--so much that the children of Israel 'Were afraid to come near him' (Exodus 34:30). Therefore, Moses began to wear a veil over his face when he spoke to them.
Similarly, Jesus worked in undercover operations most of His life. His disciples received revelations on an ability-to-see basis. But His simple life covered a masterful divinity: Light that would defeat eternal darkness in a whisper of 33 years.
When Jesus stepped beyond His role of carpenter, mystery surrounded Him. People who knew Him as a man could not accept Him as Messiah. Where was He from? Where was He going? What was His purpose? In His patience with our ignorance, He said:
'Though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him' (John 10:38).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: seek God's wisdom in the revelation of your purpose in Hollywood. Be discreet and be patient. Stay in various degrees of undercover operations until God places you in an unassailable position of strength, like Tim Tebow or Sherrie Shepherd.
Until then, prove yourself through your excellent work--through your talent, attitude, and heart. Allow God to reveal your light little by little--at a perfect pace for both you and your audience. Don't push the light. Just be the light.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Positioning series.