Nothing is hidden from the Lord. When we think of hidden things, we may think of negative things; but it’s the positive things we want to meditate upon. What we do for Him, He sees even if no one else sees.
When He tells us to do something and we don’t obey Him, no one else may know, but He knows. What we say or don’t say that no else hears, He hears. God knows all that we do for Him, and from Him we will receive the reward of the inheritance. What is done in private is rewarded openly. When the motive of the heart is to do something in order to be seen or rewarded, the reward can be immediate, but fleshly. As a child of God, we do what we do heartily, without complaining, with great joy and passion. We do whatever He leads us to do as unto Him, irregardless of whether those around us see it or not.
To be hidden from the world, but seen by the Lord, is so much more fulfilling than being seen by the world but having no reward of our inheritance from the Lord. Integrity of character is often answered by the question: “What would we do if no one would ever know about it?” To ambassadors of Christ, the question is: “What do we do even if no one ever knows about it except the Lord?” That we answer: from glory to glory!
Colossians 3:23-24 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
When we go through various trials, others may wonder if we have done something wrong and are being punished by God. God uses His Spirit to discipline, change, heal and touch us. The Holy Spirit works through love, joy, peace and gentleness. God doesn’t bring evil; He destroys its impact and brings life.
The enemy battles us because we are advancing the Kingdom. When we are in a battle, we quickly shake off his attacks on our minds and keep moving forward. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on a fire, a viper came out of the heat and fastened on his hand. At that moment, others expected him to die because surely he had done something evil for this to happen. Paul didn’t focus on them; he ignored their looks and their voices. Neither did he focus on his humanity by looking to himself. With holy boldness he trusted that greater is the Christ in him than the enemy of this world fastened on his hand at that moment. He shook the viper off and suffered no harm. Hallelujah!
When the fire of the Holy Spirit is upon us and moving through us to touch this hurting world, the enemy will show up in the midst of what we do. At that very moment we cannot reason about the situation. When the enemy suddenly moves, we move him out of the way quickly. What is not of God that tries to take control of us, cannot; we shake it off and suffer no harm, from glory to glory!
Acts 28:3-5 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.
We put ourselves in a difficult place when we must answer a request quickly without time to seek the Lord for His will on the matter. We need to ask the Lord for His wisdom, even if the time we have is brief. God will honor our wish to know His desire for our lives.
If a decision made in haste turns out to be the wrong decision, we will reap the consequences and then cry out to God for His help to make it right. When we say yes too quickly to someone’s appeal because we want to please them without knowing if it pleases the Lord, it can also have unforeseen consequences. If, during a business transaction, we are told we have to make a decision right then and there or we will lose a deal–it must not be God’s best. When the pressure to act is so strong we cannot involve our Lord, then we should not be involved. People will respect our desire to be led by God, whether they understand it or not.
At times, the Spirit of the Lord comes upon us suddenly and has us do or say things we don’t have time to think about. That is His doing. He purposely doesn’t want our reasoning to hinder His purpose. This is very different from the decisions we make intentionally. Always allow the peace of God to lead us as we go slowly, but surely, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 28:16 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.’ ”