Nov 05

Monday Cry Out – Something to Hide

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Do you ever feel this way? As if your entire life is spent hiding?[/pullquote]This time of year is a time when a lot of hiding occurs. Hunters don camo and try various ways to hide their scent as they track down deer and other varieties of game. We just had Halloween where people hide their regular appearance behind masks, costumes and makeup. People begin to hide Christmas gifts they’ve purchased early from loved ones. The month of November, many men begin to hide their faces behind a beard in support of “No Shave November”. As I said, a lot of hiding.

However, this time of year isn’t the only time people experience hiding. In fact, we hide all the time. One of the very first acts performed by humans after the Fall of Man was to hide from God (Genesis 3:8). I think it’s significant to point this out, because the majority of the time, the first thing we want to do when we mess up or are uncomfortable is to hide.

Why hide?

Adam tells God that he was afraid (Genesis 3:10), so he hid. Fear drives us to hide. No we may not physically lock ourselves in the closet, but we may hide in other ways. Fear of acceptance may cause some people to wear clothing they may not normally wear, or to perform acts they may not normally do or to attempt to hide behind a facade, attempting to act as something they are not. Fear of failure may cause some people to hide from opportunities. Fear of others in the face of their own sin, may drive people to hide their sinful acts at great cost to themselves and those around them.

Fear has an amazing drive for us to hide.

Hiding does only one thing in reality, though: it only postpones or delays confrontation or consequences for actions. Sooner or later your true identity will be revealed, sinful acts will be uncovered or you will be forced to attempt something new and face failure. We cannot hide forever. Also, while hiding it may be hard to find peace. Anxiety builds as a person frets about people finding out their secret, leading to worry. It becomes very tiresome; a heavy burden to bear.

Do you ever feel this way? As if your entire life is spent hiding?

There’s no need to hide with Jesus, though. He says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). You don’t have to hide behind someone you’re not with Jesus; His Father created you. You don’t have to hide from your sins with Jesus; He already knows what you did, and he loves you anyway. You don’t have to hide from failure; Jesus will be there to pick you up every time.

With Jesus comes freedom. You can go through life unhindered, never having to feel the need to hdie. You can be real. You can have peace. Living a life of hiding is a very timid life and the Bible teaches in 2 Timothy 1:7¬†that “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” Stop hiding and grab hold of truth! God has given us power! We see time and again through the Bible and through stories since of people who have screwed up time and time again, but instead of living in hiding all their lives because of their mistakes, they allowed themselves to be used by God. It’s time we did the same.

And do not be discouraged, it will be hard. Satan wants nothing more than weak Christians hiding, doing nothing, but with God all things are possible and with His help we can break through and live lives of freedom, out in the open. One song from an Indie artist I think really grabs hold of this “living out loud” mentality is “Just Get Out There” by Sara Jo. Take a listen to the song and I think you’ll see what I mean… definitely no hiding going on there.

Father, we thank you for your love and patience. Lord help us to not hide. While we understand that not all hiding is bad, hiding because of fear is. Help us to live lives of POWER instead of ones in timidity. Help us to live out loud and life lives for you. Thank you for all that you do for us. In Jesus name we pray, AMEN!