Do you remember that childhood feeling that if you couldn’t see someone then they couldn’t see you? So closing your eyes became the obvious way to not be seen…
It’s comforting sometimes to think that no one can see you – but how much more comforting to know that you are never alone, and even more so that someone is watching out for you.
12 What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts. 13 Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell him the truth.
Jesus Is the Great High Priest
14 We have a great high priest, who has gone into heaven, and he is Jesus the Son of God. That is why we must hold on to what we have said about him. 15 Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin! 16 So whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help.
So this is why we can shout at God. Nothing is hidden from him. He knows the truth of how we’re feeling anyway, so we may as well share it with him.
We can also tell him, because Jesus understands – he knows – he has lived a human life.
Of course the double-edged sword of always being watched over is that everything you do is seen – good and bad. So God sees not just our cries and our difficulties, but our stupid and wrong actions too. But even so, the fact that Jesus lived a human life is good news for that too – he understands what our life is like. God is not someone far off, sat on a white cloud, moving pawns around, with no concept of how they work. He has, in Jesus, “Been there, done that” and so he gets how life is.
Jesus knows even the temptations of life. He didn’t fall into them, but he can understand how we do. So if the depths of our hearts are even shame and guilt, we can share those with him too. For we will find, not him turning away, or getting exasperated with us – but kindness and help.
If we do not share how we are feeling, then those feelings can’t be dealt with – so today, tell God how it is for you. He’s waiting to listen and to help.
Thank you Lord
that you understand life,
that you know the reality of it,
the problems and difficulties,
the fears and questions,
the temptations and how I respond to them.
that there is nothing I cannot share with you,
because you are already aware of how I am,
and where I’m at.
Thank you for understanding me,
and loving me