WHEN GOD HIDES YOU

Andy Hollifield 7-17-18
Colossians 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Exodus 33:21  And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock.
There is no better hiding place than that is there?  A place by him standing on a rock.  I know one that is a little better; a place by him standing on “the rock.”  Moses just had “a rock” to stand on but because of the finished work of Christ on Calvary, we are standing on “the Rock.”  Jesus said in John 10:28-30  “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  (29)  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.  (30)  I and my Father are one.”  We are in his hand, wrapped up in the Father’s hand.  Think about that for a minute; the same God that spoke everything except man into existence, fashioned a man in his image, breathed into him the breath of life and he became a living soul.  God’s breath is going through my lungs.  Not only that but he has me wrapped up in the palm of his hand.  Actually, double-wrapped because I am in Christ and he is in God.  Are you feeling comfortable and secure yet?  Psalms 32:7 says, “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.  Selah.”  Preacher Mayes Jackson said once that the word “Selah” meant “What do you think about that” or “let it be so.”  Some say that while the exact definition is not known, it is believed to be a musical term meaning “to pause.”  The reason to pause is to remember and put emphasis on what you just heard.  That brings us back to “What do you think about that?”  So what do you think about that?  It is obviously important because it was used 71 times in the book of Psalms and three more times in Habakkuk.
Preacher Roger Massey didn’t know it but when he mentioned the scripture about Moses being hid in a rock beside God, but it got me to thinking about some of the times God has hid his people.  One of the first ones was Moses at a different time.  When the ancient Egyptians had a law to kill all of the male children of the Hebrews; Moses’ momma hid him for three months.  He let him hide again for about 40 years on the backside of the desert tending Jethro’s sheep.  He let Rahab the harlot hide the spies in Canaan.  He hid Gideon down by the enemy’s camp so the enemy could encourage him.  He hid David from Saul numerous times and hid Elijah from Ahab and Jezebel for over three years during a drought.  He then hid him by the brook Cherith and even provided room service by an angel.  He hid Noah and his family safe in the ark when the flood came.  He hid the Israelites in their houses in Egypt while the death angel was passing through taking the firstborn.
All of that is really good but I know a few that are better.  There have been a lot of times in my life that he has hid me.  He has hid me when I didn’t deserve to be hid.  But I am most thankful that he has hid me right in the palm of his hand.  Psalms 124 says “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side we would have been swallowed up quick.  All of those times when the waters had already overwhelmed us, he hid us in his mercy and grace.  Think about those times in your life when God has hid you.  Just like Elijah down at the brook, not only does he hide us, but he provides every need because according to Matthew 6, Jesus said his Father already knows what we need.  Just remember whatever you might be going through, you are hid with Christ in God.  The devil can’t do anything about it and you have nothing to fear “when God hides you.”  Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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