Tuesday, January 7, 2014
A False Bottom
One of my granddaughters is 'sneaky smart' .. She firmly believes that if I know what she wants or needs it is as good as if she already has it. That is fine and good .. until it comes to surprising her at Christmas!
This year one of the things she wanted was an expensive bottle of perfume. I knew she would be expecting it.
So I decided, at the very least, to tease her a little.
When it came to wrapping the perfume, I took a box , fashioned a false bottom and 'hid' the perfume under it. I covered it with tissue paper and to throw her off even more put a packaged tube of hand lotion in the top portion of the box. It worked - even though I told her there was something else in the box , she never suspected the false bottom believing the box to be as empty as it looked !
I find God has packaged His Word like that. Much of it is in plain sight for all who open it but often gems of insight or truth are hidden - as it were- under a 'false bottom', and revealed only to those who are willing to diligently and prayerfully study His Word, eager to find the 'hidden' things.
Did God 'hide' them because He didn't want us to have them ? No, I believe He hid them for the pleasure of those who seeking for them , find them !!
How often I read a passage of scripture and feel that nudge of the Holy Spirit whispering to me that there is more to the passage.. something I am missing. And that excited rush of emotion motivates me to find the 'treasure'. Sometimes I find it quickly, sometimes it takes a longer period of time and more diligent searching. My keen sense of curiosity works well for me, keeping me searching until I find what I suspect is hidden from those who take time only for a mere surface viewing.
One of the many proofs that God's Word is truly God breathed is this very thing. That God's Word is never boring - there is always something new to glean, some new insight, some new application, some new understanding, some detail that was previously missed .. though the truth of God's Word never changes.
It is God's desire to draw all His children into seeking out the treasures of His Word... if we will but hear the voice of the Holy Spirit sent to lead us into all truth.
Isa 45:3 "I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, Am (your) God .... "
** next post -- an example of a 'false bottom' in God's Word.