This is a guest post by Jonathan Tredway. It's a brief summary and application of Graham Cooke’s book Hiddenness and Manifestation. [separator type="space"]
Manifestation is a visible way that God reveals Himself to us. We’re able to immediately see His blessings poured out. This happens anytime we see “God on the move”.
It’s an outward event that requires little explanation, like physical healing. The Word tells us that God is good and wants good for us, so when the sick become healed, our response is thanks in praise and worship. Rarely does anyone ask why He heals sick people.
In times of hiddenness, God requires us to draw further into Himself to reveal more of His truth. We’re taught to not be dependent on our prior experiences, but to lean on the eternal truths He has declared.
This can be difficult to walk through because it’s more introspective. At times, it requires us to reconcile the seeming disappearance of God with the knowledge that He will never leave nor forsake us.
An example of this would be seeking God for aid when financial crisis strikes. Often our initial desire is to want God to drop money or a job in our laps. In times of manifestation, He does, but in times of hiddenness, He’ll make us seek Him desperately and find revelation in the seeking.
If we don’t see Him at work in our lives it doesn’t mean that He’s no longer near, but that He is calling us closer before He reveals His purpose. In these moments we must press in deeper.
Living From a Place of Hiddenness
Graham Cooke challenges believers to always “live from a place of hiddenness”. By this he means that we should always seek to know the heart of the Father rather than simply seek His gifts. If we’re able to remove the expectancy of and dependency on physical blessings, we will find our faith more firmly rooted in His truths.
By choosing to live from a place of hiddenness we can also learn to always consult God first. If we rely on past experiences, we may miss what He is doing in the moment.
For Moses, this occurred when God instructed him to speak to the rock and bring forth water for the Israelites. Moses didn’t listen and struck the rock with his staff because he was acting on previous experiences. He suffered a difficult consequence because of this.
As a positive example, God instructed King David to attack the Philistines with a new tactic of coming up behind the army. He did as the Lord commanded and was victorious, despite having previous success with a different approach.
By living from a place of hiddenness, we will constantly seek God’s heart and movement. This will grow our faith not by what we do or do not see, but by what He declares about Himself and His heart towards us.
Jonathan is currently serving as a Leadership Development Intern at River City Church.