Friday, December 16, 2011

No Hiding Place

 21But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.
 22The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:
 23That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same. 

No Hiding Place
As I read through these verses, thinking of God's judgment upon His enemies, it occurred to me that there is no hiding place for the wicked. Yet this principal goes even deeper than that. Not only is there no hiding place for the wicked when the hand of God is upon them, but there is no hiding place that the wicked can find when God's protective hand is upon His children. Neither is there any hiding place for God's children when they walk in disobedience to Him. 

In a sense, one could say that, in the eyes of God, this world is transparent. Nothing done on this earth is hidden from God, and nothing is found on this earth if God has not allowed it to be found. Remember, we are not just speaking of actions, but also our inner consciences as well, for God knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts.

For the Christian, what a precious truth this is! We are securely held in the hand of God all of the days we spend on this earth. In addition, His hand is not just a hand of protection, but also a hand of guidance. Life seems to be filled with numerous chance occurrences, but in Christ, nothing happens by chance. Also of these seemingly haphazard events are directly ordered by the Lord. 

Does that mean that God is at fault when bad things occur? No! The wickedness on this earth comes from the hand of man, not the hand of God. Yet God does not always prevent the wickedness from occurring by, for, or to His people. Instead, God uses these things to sharpen our faith and bring us into a closer relationship with Him. The obvious lesson for us is that there is nothing--nothing--in this world that is greater or more important to us than Christ. Christ is all!

That is the assurance that God has given to us in His Word; in Him everything consists, and without Him, nothing consists at all! All of the things we perceive are necessary to bring us peace, joy, and happiness come to nothing before Christ. They are filled with emptiness, and when received only leave us longing for more.

Sadly, each and every child of God must come to this realization themselves, which tends to take most, if not of all, of their lifetimes to actually understand these truths. I would encourage you to spend some time with the Lord pondering these truths, asking God to make them part of the inner fabric of your being. 

There is no hiding place from God, nor is there any hiding place God uses that can be found by men. How amazing is that? Indeed, when the end of time comes, God will bring His people from the depths of the sea; Christ will not lose one of those given to Him by the Father.

Go today in the peace, joy, and comfort of the Lord. He is all you need!

God Bless You,

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