This is one of my favorite verses in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. In Paul’s day, it was customary to conceal treasure in clay jars, which had little value or beauty. This was done so the jars didn’t attract attention to themselves and their precious contents. This word is for those folks who feel like me. They feel like they are being concealed or hidden. God wanted me to encourage you. He knows that you are concealed in a place that seems to have a little value or beauty. You might be concealed in a state of singleness. Concealed in a rut of a failed relationship. Concealed in a job that seems to be going nowhere. Concealed in school while God prepares you for your future. Concealed in a financial bind. But I am here to tell you:
God conceals the things he treasures in places that seem to have little value.
Re-examine where you are today. The Lord wants you to know that he placed you where you are because you are valuable to Him.
In Paul’s culture, when people placed these valuable items in clay jars, they wanted to make sure nobody could steal them. Also, they wanted to put them in places where no thief would even think to look. The truth is:
God has strategically placed you so that the enemy doesn’t even know where to look for you.
Although the enemy has set out to “steal, kill, and destroy” your purpose, you have been hidden behind the cross. The enemy is perplexed at God’s ability to hide you to prepare you for your future. Please understand, you are being concealed for a purpose. Be encouraged. Celebrate your hidden state, knowing that in due time…the Lord will reveal you. Because, as with most treasures, you are being concealed to be revealed.