Updated: Nov 30, 2020
It has been a rainy day in Guam today. Rainy days have a way of making me reminisce. I remember a time when I was younger; we were out boating on the lake and a huge storm hit.
We were quite a distance from land.
My Mom and Dad hid my brother and I with the boat cover and we laid down to dodge the painful pellets of the water, as my dad drove the boat back to safety.
That tiny shelter in the boat was our hiding place.
In that moment, I was unsure and scared, but I trusted my Mom and Dad to keep us safe.
They provided us a hiding place from the storm.
I thought of this memory as I read the words in Psalm 119:114 today. They read, “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.”
And I began wondering what this means in the midst of our broken world today. What does it mean to have the Lord as your hiding place?
When I think of a hiding place, I think of that memory… A place of shelter and safety.
However, living in a broken world today, it is impossible to stay away from physical danger.
So instead of focusing on the physical, I would like to switch to the spiritual. In this post, I will be sharing 3 Blessings of having Christ as Our Hiding Place.
Remember when the fall of man occurred in Genesis and Adam and Eve hid themselves from God? In Christ, we no longer have to hide ourselves. He becomes our covering (Romans 3:24-25). And through Him, we have been given the ability to come boldly to the throne in prayer (Hebrews 4:16) and stand before God, reconciled (2 Corinthians 5:18). As Christians, we should be some of the most confident people in this world. Not confident in things of the world, but confident in our Great Redeemer, despite our surroundings. This confidence should motivate us to step up and lead, not cower in fear.
I used to hide from God in shame, but what a blessing it is to run TO Him, instead of away from Him.
Now, I understand what you may be thinking… This sounds great Megan, but what does that even look like?
What does displaying that type of confidence look like in the midst of a broken world?
I think it looks like remaining positive about His goodness even when the world is crashing around us. I think it means pouring confidence into our doubting brothers and sisters in Christ who may be wavering in their faith. And sometimes I think it means saying, “I don’t know, I just know that no matter what happens, I am confident that God is good and His Word is true.”
And I think it means pointing others back to the truth found in Scripture when it comes to justice and morality.
The second blessing I believe we have from making Christ our hiding place is a secure hope. I used say a lot of bad things about God. You see, When my mom was dying, If I am being totally honest, I thought a lot of angry things towards God. I remember lying in bed talking to my cousin and said, how could God take away someone so amazing? An incredible mother? How could He take away a wife and the mother of 3 children? It doesn’t make any sense and I am going to have a hard time still believing in Him if she dies.
But praise God, He healed my heart. And I discovered something about myself. My problem was that my hope was placed in the wrong place. I was angry at God for breaking a promise to me that He had never made.
You see, I was living my life feeling entitled to something He never promised. Not in the here and now at least. I thought I was entitled to my life, my family, my way, on my own terms. But Jesus never promised any of those things. In fact, He says,
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.”
He never promised us a life free from trouble. He never promised perfect families and healthy bodies. Over time I discovered that I was calling myself a Christian, but I was not living like I believed in the gospel. I was not living as though Christ was my true hiding place. Because I wasn’t truly living a life that declared I believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I said I believed that He overcame the world, but my hope was based on things that were fleeting. My hope was based on good conditions, good health, and good people. But as Christians, we have to escape this mindset because we were never promised any of those things, we were only promised to have Him.
Him who provides peace that surpasses all understanding and an unwavering love. Him who convicts and changes minds, thoughts, and behaviors.
We have an incredible hope! Hope that was established when Jesus DIED and came back to life. He resurrected! Conquering death and sin for us. Creating a hiding place for us until He comes back and makes all things new (Revelation 21:5)
While we are waiting, remember:
He is coming back. There is no doubt. And when He does, He will wipe away every tear.
This is where our story is headed, don’t forget this…
This allows us to look into the face of a hot mess and a corrupt world and say, “THIS WONT LAST.”
It won't last. It. Will. Not. Last.
There will be times when we say, “ I don’t think I can ever get through this. Or, is the world getting worse?”
There will be times when we are overcome with fear, uncertainty, or loss, but the Resurrection tells us: it will not last.
As Christians, we have the sure hope of an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in Heaven for us (1 Peter 1:3-6).
Let this mindset be your hiding place in the midst of your storms.
The third blessing I believe we have is protection.
I once read the words, “since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” and I used to be completely terrified. But now I rejoice, because these words demonstrate our God is a just God. And because He is just, the time will come when He will take vengeance on all the evil in the world. He will protect His people from injustice caused by sin and He will make all things new.
This is not physical protection, this is a spiritual, eternal protection.
Nothing is more comforting than knowing the blessings you have when Christ Jesus is your hiding place. But this comes with great responsibility. Jesus never commanded us to live comfortably in His protection.
He demands we go.
“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15
Yes, we have incredible blessings in this hiding place… But this doesn’t mean we get to sit at home and declare it over ourselves. We have a job to do.
Remember to never compare your “go” to someone else’s.
Some of my favorite words have been written by Katie Davis who lives in Uganda. She adopted 13 children and has faced so much heart break and loss from losing loved ones to tuberculosis to losing children she adopted.
Her “go” looks a lot different than mine, but her words resonate with me and I hope they do with you too:
She writes, “I was learning that, ultimately, our hidden reach for God counts so much more than our public one. Some people might look at my life and say how amazing I am or what a radical Christian I am, just as some people might praise you because you appear to have it all together, but what really counts will be the quiet devotion practiced in our own homes. What will matter most at the end of our lives are these people right in front of us who get to see all of it, the happy stories and the tragic ones, the pretty-good parts of us and the ugliest parts of us. At the end of time, all that will count is that we lived the Gospel with our very lives, that we paid attention to the people God gave us and dwelt knowledgeably and hospitably in the place to which He called us.
He may move you somewhere across the world. Or He may move you to believe again, to dare again, to reach out again. But if the steadying love of Christ moves you, it will move you out into the world with the bravest hope. He will move you to hope for what seem like impossible things, because His closeness is your most cherished thing.” (Daring to Hope)
I don’t know what it looks like for you to “go.”
I just know that God’s word is true and we each have a job to do.
It is time we work confidently, walking in hope, with our hearts covered in protection in our Hiding Place.
It is time we make it our mission to bring this protection to others, not just hide in the comfort of it.
Dear Sister, if you have made your hidden place in Christ, I hope this renews your confidence and encourages you to get to work. But if you haven't …There is no greater place to go to for refuge from life’s trials, challenges, and sorrows. No greater place to find confidence, hope, and protection. Will you hide in His care and bring it to others? Or will you run to another shelter for cover?
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3