If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 1 Peter 4:15-16 (NIV) Peter gives an important...
Truly, you are a God who hides himself. Isaiah 45:15
What would have been the outcome of this dream?
Suddenly she wakes up! “Thank God it was only a dream! But it was a dream about me. It was a dream about how selfish and unresponsive and vulnerable I am.”
Suppose she were to hear a knock on the door and the king’s voice saying, “Open to me, my love.” Do you think she would say, “I’ve just awakened from a bad dream and I can’t open the door?” Not a chance! She would rush to the door.
She would open it wide and welcome the king. The dream would ignite a new passion. It would fan into flame a new love for the king, and it would spark a new gratitude for all the blessings that were hers, because she belonged to the king.
What we have here illustrates a very important reality of Christian experience. God can use the times when he seems far away to ignite a new spiritual passion in your life. The experience of feeling that God is far from you can be the means by which a complacent, self-absorbed Christian comes to a new experience of hungering and thirsting after God.
Imagine the bride saying to herself, “I am really glad I had that dream. It changed me. It made me less selfish and more grateful. It gave me a greater love for the king.”
Sometimes God hides even from the people he loves, and even when he does that, he is always up to something good.
Is God hiding himself from you? Do you think he may want to bless you with a new spiritual passion?