No Hiding Place
"Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:24)
Try as we might, there is simply nowhere that we can hide from God. Many years ago, when Mike was living in France, a young Australian woman arrived at the same school where he was teaching at that time. She had come halfway round the world to run away from God – but God had arranged to put her with a Christian, the only other person who spoke English for miles around! God had certainly determined that, for her, there would be no hiding place!
We may not run to the other side of the globe; but many of us try to hide from God, especially when things have gone wrong or when we have "messed up" in life. And while that is the very moment we need Him, everything within us wants to run and get away from Him. Even the great King David walked this path. After his adultery with Bathsheba, he tried to cover it up; but he could not run from God, Who sent the prophet Nathan to confront him with a word that pierced his heart. And at that moment, David discovered the solution: he simply said, ‘I have sinned against the LORD’ (2 Samuel 12:13). He stopped running, owned up before God, and the matter was forgiven! He discovered that God keeps his promise to forgive those confess their sin. As he wrote in his psalm about this incident, "Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord' — and you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5).
To know that there is no hiding place from God could sound like a frightening thing (and the devil will certainly try to get you to think it is!); but it is not. It is not frightening, but freeing! Don’t run from God today; talk to Him – yes, with all your failures. He knows them all and has already promised to forgive them. You simply need to ask!
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to who we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13)
© Copyright 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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