Do you ever hide?
Recently I was at a family event and my 3 year old great niece was being bashful, hiding her face from me. She put her small little hands over her eyes and ducked her head against her grandmother’s chest. I could read her mind perfectly, “I can’t see you, so you can’t see me!”
Isn’t this what we still do even though we are no longer 3 years old? We hide our face from those closest to us, from the people we know and love, from our very Maker.
We think if we put up our hands and hide our face that no one else can see our fears and our hurts.
We do this in so many different ways like hiding behind hurt, anger, fear, bitterness, and rejection. We say to ourselves, “If you don’t know who I really am, you can’t hurt me.” Or “If you don’t see the pain, then I don’t have to deal with it.” Or , “If you knew the real me, you wouldn’t like me.”
Well there’s one thing wrong with our great game of hiding.
God seeks and He always finds what He seeks.
He’s the Master and Creator of the hide and seek game. And what a wonderful truth this is for each of us!! When we hide, He gently peels our hands away from our face and tilts our chin up to look at Him. He tells us how very special and loved we are. We are His precious children and He is fiercely protective of each of us.
More than anything, He wants us to walk in the freedom that He sent Jesus to give us.
Another truth we need to know about the great game of hide and seek is that we are not capable of hiding our heart from God. There is no amount of makeup in the world to cover up our true heart. There are no disguises or masks to put over it.
Our heart is laid bare before God ~ regardless if we are a believer or not.
While we can hide our true self from our family, friends, and even from ourselves at times, we cannot hide who we truly are from Him. It is out of our control. And it is also out of our control to make any change to our heart in our own strength.
Let me put it this way. If you have babies or grand-babies, you are going to do everything within your control to keep those babies from anything dangerous in your home, right? You’re going to baby-proof the cabinet doors where the medicine is kept. You’re going to put up baby gates in front of steps so they don’t fall. You’re going to make sure there is nothing poisonous or harmful within reach of your precious babies.
This is exactly what God does for His babies.
He child-proofs our heart and there’s NOTHING we can do on our own to access what is within our heart EXCEPT through Him.
A few minutes ago I was reading the first chapter in second Chronicles and I saw this important truth. Let’s look at it together.
6 And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.
7 On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
8 And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, O Lord God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 10 Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”
11 Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”
2 Chronicles 1:6-12
Solomon brought an offering to God that pleased Him. When we give God our praise and worship and love, we please Him as well. God looked at Solomon’s heart and saw what he truly desired. There were no masks or games of hide and seek.
Solomon asked for wisdom because He wanted wisdom to lead God’s people. And look what God did for Solomon. He not only gave him wisdom but He gave him all the things that he never even asked for.
When we bring our praise and worship and love to God and open up our hearts to Him, He will give us our heart’s desires and more. It is our praise and worship and love for God that lines up our desires with His desires. His ways are so, so much higher than we can ever imagine.
He’s a loving and caring Father who protects His children as we stumble along.
And He provides a way for us to step away from the baggage we accumulate and carry around in this world. His Word is our way out. His Word will cleanse us from the dirt of the world. The Word of God is the soap we need to get clean.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Jesus spoke these words telling us that we are clean because of His Word.
Friends, do you have hurts and brokenness in your heart that is holding you back from your full destiny in Christ?
Do you have bitterness and unforgiveness from something that happened to you holding you stuck in one point in time in the past?
Do you struggle with feelings of insignificance and insecurities?
How about feelings of rejection?
Well I have great news for you.
Today is the day for you to find your freedom.
God’s Word will set you free from all these things. Open it up and start reading and don’t ever stop. If you need help in getting started, reach out to a trusted friend or pastor. Reach out to me and I’ll help you. Just reach out.
Here’s a free guide that I wrote as a “getting started” guide to reading the Word. It’s one of many that will be available on my website in the future. Share this guide with your friends and family. We’re all in this race together and it’s our responsibility to help each person God puts in our path to finish the race well.
Stay in the Light and Love always,