I often play hide and seek with my nearly 4 year old daughter. When she was a little bit younger, before we start the game, she’d tell me where to hide and sometimes she tell me where she’ll hide! 😂😂😂 (She’s bossy like that)
Recently I came across this verse in the bible that got me thinking that whilst announcing where you were going to hide might not be the best idea on the playground, in real life we often need to choose and announce our hiding place before the storm.
This a Psalm of David. David knew about hiding. He had to hide in caves from Saul who was trying to kill him. One time he had to disguise himself as someone who was mentally unwell in order to hide amongst the philistines, long time enemies of Israel at the time.
But in all of these clever places he found to hide, he discovered that his real hiding place was in God! And he announced it upfront in the above verse.
If you choose you hiding place upfront, we settle it before you’re under pressure. If you make a good decision to ALWAYS hide in God, every challenge you face has to contend with Him.
If you choose your hiding place upfront, the emotions that get stirred up in us when we’re under pressure stands less chance of driving us to hide in the wrong place.
Have you caught yourself hiding away in an alcoholic beverage? In food? Drugs? Other people? Sex? The gym? Music?
There’s a place for all (or should I say some) of the above in life. But none of them was designed to be our hiding place. None of the above is equipped to hide you like God can.
In fact the place or person you consistently run to for shelter when you are under pressure eventually begins to exercise Godlike power over you.
If you’ve been hiding in anywhere but in God, return to the stronghold in God today. Practically we do that by choosing to believe that God WILL preserve you in trouble and eventually deliver you from trouble!
We hide in God when choose to believe that He is willing and capable of keeping you safe in EVERY WAY!!
Pray like David prayed: YOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE LORD!