Every so often I read or hear a statement that really trips my trigger. And I just bet you do, as well.
I recall hearing someone recently say, “Christians are always hiding behind their God.”
Isn’t it amazing? Like, is there anything wrong with that?
Everyone uses someone or something to hide behind. It may be pride, or physical looks. Have you noticed how important physical appearance is for many folks?
Others hide behind their bank accounts, jobs, positions, and such.
You see, there are a lot of ways to cover our insecurities.
Intellect and intelligence, the capacity for knowledge and the ability to use it in a practical sense, can be a hiding place for others. After all, if they can’t figure it out, then how can it be worth knowing; let alone true?
Some dear, God fearing Americans hide behind the United States Constitution. I’m not knocking it. I’m only saying it wasn’t designed to hide behind, but to support a republic type of government; “…that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”
Or, as another writer put it, “one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”
There are, quite possibly, scads of people who like to pick out a single Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to hide behind. Some prefer using the Second Amendment as their covering, while others are elated they can now hide behind the SCOTUS’ interpretation of the 14th Amendment.
Yes, it’s true. Everyone, everywhere, whether they know it or not, has a favorite hiding place.
And yes, this Christian has found God, specifically His Son Jesus Christ, to be the best place to hide. He left His place of comfort and security so I could have a place to hide from the wages of sin.
Hiding behind God through the power of the cross and the glorious resurrection doesn’t make sense.
But it does make a difference in a person’s life.
Both now and forever.
“You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7 ESV)
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” (Psalm 46:1-3 ESV)
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2 ESV)
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11-14 ESV)