This is the first of what I hope to be weekly posts about what the Lord is saying to me through His Word as I read through the Old Testament this year.
When Mack was about two years old, the bedtime ritual was predictable. We would all tuck the girls in, and then Mack and I would run to his room and hide from Josh before he got to Mack’s room. We always hid in Mack’s closet. He would giggle. I would put my finger over my mouth, encouraging him to be quiet. We would hear Josh walk in and call our names. We would hear him ask, “Are you in the crib?” then, “Are you behind the curtains?” And on and on he would go searching for us. Then, inevitably he would snatch the closet door open, and we would be found. And Mack would laugh hysterically and want to do it again.
Of course, Josh always knew exactly where to find us. He was never truly looking for us in the crib or behind curtains.
I am reading Genesis again, and I got to Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve sinned and hid among the trees of the garden with their shame and heaviness. God knew exactly where they were and why they were hiding among the trees.
I asked myself if I was hiding among the trees of anything in order to keep me out of God’s view or far enough away from hearing clearly from God? Am I distancing myself from Him knowingly or maybe unknowingly? Self-evaluation is a good thing.
Or am I hiding in the Cross? Confident of His eyes upon me? Sure that He sees me and loves me? Aware that there’s nowhere else to be than with Him? Comforted that He alone satisfies?
G. Campbell Morgan says, “There is a Tree which will hide us, but that is the Tree where we find God in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.”
I don’t want to hide behind my past victories or past failures. I don’t want to hide behind my position (or lack thereof) or finances—great or small. I don’t want to hide in a busy schedule. I don’t want to hide in my health. I don’t want to hide behind material possessions. I don’t want to hide behind or among anything or anyone. I want to be hidden in Christ alone.
Colossians 3:3 “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Psalm 32:7 “You are my hiding place. You preserve me from trouble. You surround me with songs of deliverance.”
Psalm 119:114 “You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your Word.”
Psalm 27:5 “In the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me.”
Psalm 31:20 “You hide me in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man.”
Psalm 143:9 “Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; To You have I hidden.”
I hope you find Christ to be a perfect hiding place today.