Hiddenness connects us with God’s wisdom and wisdom is the revelation of who God is and the internal recognition of how He likes to work in our lives. Faith depends upon one thing — your understanding of the nature of God. Faith which is earthed in a sure understanding of the nature of God and what He is like will never be short of things to believe for. You know what God is like, you know that He is faithful, that He’ll never leave you or forsake you, that He’s made provision for you, you know God never changes…and so on.
Faith in the nature of God is what keeps you moving even when situations are against you. Because you know that God is faithful, when a situation seems bleak or even impossible, you know just enough to wait for Him to come to your aid. “I know You, Lord, You’re here somewhere. I’m just going to wait until You come or wait until You speak. I know You’re doing something. I haven’t figured out what it is yet, but I’m just going to wait because I know You.”
Real wisdom is hidden from us until God reveals it to us. He often chooses to do that in the place of hiddenness. Hiddenness is God’s training ground. In hiddenness God is teaching us the wisdom of how to walk with Him, how to know Him, how to understand Him and how to live a life of reverent fear. David said, “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom” (Psalm 51:6), because he understood eventually that hiddenness and wisdom went together. Likewise, Paul said,
“However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages of our glory.” (1 Corinthians 2:6-7)
In times of manifestation, we cannot hear deep truth. If we do hear God speak while we are enjoying a season of His blessing, often we don’t understand what He is saying. Times of manifestation are about experiencing God. They are about moving in a flow of body ministry—participating in the peace, joy and life of God. Hiddenness is a different thing altogether—it is about understanding the deep things of God.
-An excerpt from Hiddenness & Manifestation
An Exercise in Experiencing Hiddenness
The following exercise is provided as an aid to assist you in spending time with God in the hidden place. Make sure that you allow adequate time to be still before the Lord and quiet any distracting thoughts. Follow the instructions below and write down what you sense the Lord is saying to you.
- Pray quietly for peace, stillness, and rest.
- Speak the name of Jesus softly until your internal thoughts are relaxed.
- What is the Lord saying to you? Initially write down on key words and phrases. Then move to making these thoughts into full sentences.
- Arrange these sentences into a coherent order and write yourself a letter as though it were from God.
- What would you like to say to the Lord? Initially write down only key words and
- Arrange these sentences into a coherent order and write a letter to the Lord expressing both thanksgiving and prayer.
- Journal what you now know better about your relationship with the Father as a result of this exercise.
Graham explores hiddenness at an even deeper level throughout his book, Hiddenness & Manifestation. If you’ve ever wondered what it means when you can’t hear God, or have felt unsure by His quietness, this book can be an invaluable tool in learning the intentions of the Father in all seasons of your journey. Pick up a copy today!