For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. – Luke 8:17 ESV
On the day Saul was being crowned king before his people, he could not be found. The man who stood head and shoulders above everyone (1 Samuel 9:2) had made himself invisible among his peers by hiding among the baggage.
There were other times during his reign, that King Saul hid behind stuff. When Goliath, the Philistine giant came against the armies of Israel, Saul hid. He hid behind his army, behind his wealth, behind his position as king.
He wasn’t at the front of his troops encouraging them to face the giant in the name of their God. He wasn’t hiding behind the shadow of the Almighty. He was in his tent, promising great riches to the man who would defeat the great Philistine.
Unfortunately for Saul, he failed to cultivate a habit of hiding behind the One who could help him. Funnily enough, when he met a man who hid behind God, he resented him. It’s easy for us to look at Saul and scoff at him for all the things he had done wrong throughout his life. We forget that we do the very same things.
We hide behind a lot of stuff. We hide behind our jobs and the position we hold at work. We hide behind friends, family, position, and power. We even hide behind our carefully cultivated social media profiles.
But here’s the lesson we should learn from Saul: when nobody knew where he was, God knew where he was hiding (1 Samuel 10:22). God saw Saul and He sees you and me when we think no one knows the truth about our stuff.
The truth about it is that keeping up appearances can be exhausting. It takes a lot of time, effort, and planning to keep things looking as if everything was perfect. And while we may fool some people, we can’t fool God. He knows that our Instagram-worthy images hides a broken spirit. He knows when we are trying to use accomplishments, people, or things to fill the slot in our hearts that He designed for Himself.
My friend, instead of hiding behind your stuff, won’t you try hiding behind God? Here are three reasons to hide behind God instead of all our stuff.
1. There’s safety under the shadow of the Most High. One of the reasons people hide is because they don’t feel safe. They want to feel as though nothing can hurt them and so they put barriers between themselves and everything else.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. – Proverbs 18:10 ESV
2. There is acceptance when we hide in God. People hide because they fear rejection, and why not, we can be very cruel to each other. But our Heavenly Father loves us. Long before we accepted Him as Lord and Savior, Christ died for our sins.
The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. – Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV
3. There is no condemnation in Christ. People began hiding because of shame as far back as the Garden of Eden. Shame causes us to cover up our best features as we seek invisibility. Sometimes shame causes us to hide behind achievements and accomplishments. It may cause us to approach our faith as if it were performance-based.
But God washed away our shame when He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins. All we have to do is accept His gift of salvation and He will make our sins as white as snow.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. – Romans 8:1 KJV
God has given us a place of healing, protection, and shelter. Let us stop hiding behind things that cannot save and choose instead to hide behind the King of kings.
Almighty God, help me to stop hiding behind all this stuff and to choose instead to find shelter under the shadow of Your wings. I’m grateful that You are a strong tower and that I can run to You and be safe. Remind me when I forget and may I choose authenticity instead of a faux appearance. In Your name, I pray, Amen.
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