Martin Wiles

Martin Wiles

For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Psalm 32:7 NLT

One sheet and four kitchen chairs made a perfect hiding place for two country boys looking for entertainment in a place where no modern entertainment existed.

Lovey was my maternal grandmother’s half-sister. My memories of her are fading rapidly, but I do remember how she played with me and my cousin. One of our favorite games was making a tent and hiding beneath it. This we accomplished by taking a double bed-sized sheet and spreading it over the tops of four kitchen chairs. Seemed like an easy enough exercise, but if the chairs weren’t positioned correctly, the entire structure would collapse.

After our tent was constructed, my cousin and I entered and sat. Being young boys, we probably giggled and talked. We were in our hiding place ... safe from the world ... or so we thought. Although anyone could have easily discovered us by looking beneath the cover - and I’m sure Lovey did - we didn’t see ourselves as exposed.

God was the psalmist’s hiding place. Someone he could run to for protection when his enemies were fast upon his heels. Someone who comforted him when others had turned against him. Someone who lifted him up when sin had cast him down.

I’ve experienced other than honorable conditions in which I tried to hide from God - primarily when I intentionally sinned or involved myself in other shameful behaviors. Rather than confessing, I tried to hide like Adam and Eve. Hiding didn’t work for them, and it didn’t for me either. God’s convicting Spirit worried me until I made things right with him.

God would rather we hide in Him for more honorable reasons. We can hide in Him for comfort. When life - or others - have frustrated, disappointed, betrayed, or angered us, we can hide in Him for comfort. A comfort such as we can’t discover anywhere else.

We can hide in God’s unconditional love. Nothing we do or say can make him love us more or less. He loves us consistently - although this doesn’t relieve us of living according to his standards.

God wants us to hide in his power. Nothing life throws at us is more powerful than he is. Neither lions, bears, or an angry king were more powerful than the psalmist’s God, and life’s present enemies aren’t more powerful than God’s power to deliver us from any of our enemies.

We can also hide in God’s salvation - not from life’s trials and tribulations, but from sin’s power. Through the forgiveness offered by Christ, we can enjoy the assurance of being forgiven and accepted by God. No more do we dwell under condemnation. And nothing makes this more evident than the celebration of the Christmas season.

Let God teach you to hide in Him - not from Him or in anything else.

Martin Wiles is managing editor of Christian Devotions, assistant editor of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and author of Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. His work is featured at www.lovelinesfromgod.com.

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