Where Do You Hide?
This week's focus: Courage
So they inquired again of the Lord, “Is there a man still to come?” and the Lord said, “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage” (1 Samuel 10:22).
In 1 Samuel 10, we read the account of how the first king of Israel responded when the moment came for him to step into his role. Saul was chosen by God and anointed as king privately, but when it was time for him to publicly appear before the people, he hid.
Like Saul, we’ve all been guilty of hiding among the baggage when called to step out of our comfort zones. Unfortunately, when we hide behind the baggage of fear, insecurity, apathy, or even busyness, we hinder our God-given assignments. Worse than that, this type of hiding doesn’t honor God but instead reveals a lack of faith.
As Christians who’ve been chosen by God and anointed by His Holy Spirit, we don’t have to hide because we are already covered. Colossians 3:3 tells us our life is hidden with Christ in God. Because of Jesus, we are covered in forgiveness, love, protection, and victory. The only safe and acceptable hiding place is God Himself. He is our refuge, strength, strong tower, and shield who hides us in the shadow of His wings. When covered by Him, we can boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6).
With confidence in the adequacy and strength of Jesus, we can hand our baggage over to Him, not hide in it! Let the One who is strong enough to carry it...carry it for you.
"You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word."
Pray: Dear Jesus, Thank you for covering us with Your forgiveness, love, and protection. Knowing that You are our hiding place, we can boldly trust and obey all that You have called us to do. We have nothing to fear because we belong to You.
Think: "Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God." William Carey
Act: We’re calling on Christians to put faith in action and donate a pack of diapers to your local Pregnancy Resource Center. Often, the public narrative suggests that those who stand for life are only “pro-birth” and do not care about the moms in need. While we know this is not true, supplying the necessity of diapers is an easy way to demonstrate action. When a woman visits a Pregnancy Resource Center and a test reveals she is pregnant, she is often given a gift basket of baby items upon first learning the news. A simple pack of diapers can humanize the fact that a baby is growing inside of her womb. Find a local Pregnancy Resource Center near you by visiting CareNet or Heartbeat International and donate a pack of diapers today.
We want to see God honored in America, and we pray for an unprecedented spiritual awakening.
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