I was researching an upcoming sermon by reading a commentary by Arthur W. Pink, one of my favorite authors. It was written during World War 2. He was writing about God’s ability to keep the two spies in Jericho from their enemies when he recounted the following story:
“We deem it more than a coincidence that in the very midst of preparing this article we heard – the first time in five years – from an old reader in Holland. During the last half of that time, while the enemy was occupying that country, our friend and his wife concealed three Jewesses in their home, and the last ten days before liberation actually had two Germans billeted with them; yet no discovery was made of their refugees.”
God is able to hide you when you need hidden, and protect you when you need protected. We are safe in His hands. Believe it.
Tags: hiding, World War II
We now have two cats, a male and a female. Both have been fixed. The male is still young and playful. The female is older and very docile. They’re still testing their territory with each other.
Both cats know they can trust us. We’re the ones who feed and water them. But, they don’t trust strangers. When a strange car drives up, they’ll both run out the back door and find a hiding place. But when they see its either Anita or I, they come out of hiding and want our attention.
They both know who owns them. They can tell by our provision. Do you know who owns you? Do you trust who owns you? Think about this today.
Tags: faith, hiding, ownership, trust
Everyone loves to laugh. Really funny comedians are hard to come by. Most of the jokes they use are so canned they’re really not funny. And, up until recently, comedy in church was an absolute no-no. Christians considered God too serious a subject to take lightly. Its more godly to fight than laugh.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld stepped into this cultural stigma and made it big. He once said that the downfall of every comedian was success. Success makes you hide behind ivory gates, he said, and separates comedians from the real world real people live in. His advice to comedians is that they must remain connected to the everyday world to find humor in their own lives.
Could it be that the same is true of Christians? Are we hiding behind ivory gates (stained glass windows)? Are we so separated from the world around us that we can no longer understand its pain and have lost the ability to speak truth into lost lives? That would not be a laughing matter.
Tags: hiding, humor, laughter, Seinfeld, success
I read the story of an astronomer making observations of the setting sun. As he was adjusting his lens, he noticed the top of a hill several miles away. On the hill were two boys stealing apples from an orchard. One was shaking down the fruit and the other was standing watch. They thought no one was watching them, but the astronomer saw their every move.
I think its like that with the all-seeing eye of God beholding everything we do – whether in the open or in private. This is a disturbing thought that could lead us to despair. But God not only sees and tremembers, He also forgives if we come to Him in repentance and confession.
The Lord promises to do these things with our sins:
- Forgive them all (1 John 1:9).
- Cast them into the sea (Micah 7:19).
- Take them away (Isaiah 6:7).
- Cover them up (Psalm 32:1)
- Blot them out (Acts 3:19).
- Put them away (Hebrews 9:26).
- Remember them no more (Hebrews 8:12).
Since we can’t hide our sins from God, let’s confess them and accept His gracious forgiveness.
Tags: forgiveness, hiding, sin
A little girl had cut her own hair while her Mommy was gone. You can be sure, it was a terrible patchwork at best. When her Mommy got home she was horrified to see her child. “What did you do to your hair?” exclaimed the upset mother.
The little girl replied, “But, Mommy, how did you know? I hid all the hair very carefully in the wastebasket.”
We may think we have covered things up pretty good, but the evidence at the end of the day tends to be pretty incriminating. The wages of sin are death, says the Bible. You can hide the sin, but the death that follows will be there.
Look at your life and see if you need to deal with the source of the death.
Tags: cover-up, hiding, humor, sin
“While I draw this fleeting breath, When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown, See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee. Amen”
This final verse of ‘Rock of Ages’ may seem a little morbid and distasteful to some, but I think the author had a good balance in his belief system. The gospel isn’t just about what we can get from God down here in this life, but its about dealing with the sin that separates us all from God. And, when we finally breathe our last, its about our eternal destiny in either heaven or hell. This author pleads, when that Day comes, “Let me hide myself in You!”
Tags: death, hiding, hymns
A telemarketer called a home one day, and a small voice whispered, “Hello?”
“Hello! What’s your name?”
Still whispering, the voice said, “Jimmy.”
“How old are you, Jimmy?”
“Good, Is your mother home?”
“Yes, but she’s busy.”
“Okay, is your father home?
“He’s busy, too.”
“I see, who else is there?”
“The police? May I speak with one of them?”
“Any other grown-ups there?”
“May I speak with a fireman, please?”
“They’re all busy.”
“Jimmy, all those people in your house, and I can’t talk with any of them? What are they doing?”
“Looking for me,” whispered Jimmy.
Too many of us are hiding behind something that isn’t real. We want others to think something of us, or we want to impress somebody, but none of it is real. And we are terrified people will discover who we really are. God is looking for real people who will allow Him to do real things in them.