No Place to Hide

There are just three things that you cannot escape from, your shadow, yourself and God. Every child more than likely has tried to run from their own shadow and found it quite impossible. A philosopher once explained why a certain rich man was constantly unhappy even while traveling all around the world, said, “Everywhere he goes, he takes himself with him.” God’s Word lets us know that we cannot escape Him: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”  (Psalm 139:7)

While to some the ever constant presence of God is frightening, to the true believer it is actually a great comfort. The sinner finds no bottle deep enough, no drug trip long enough, no excess sufficient enough to keep God away or to quiet his nagging conscience. He is always haunted because God created in him a God shaped void that can be filled with nothing or no one other than God Himself. The believer, however, finds no pleasure, joy or happiness away from his Lord.

David, when deep in thought, confessed: “If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.”  (Psalm 139:8-10)

David also added that although God saw his imperfections, yet: “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”  (Psalm 139:17). No wonder David could relax, enjoying the sheer joy of God’s nearness. Only those who have something to hide, will try to hide from God. The true believer loves and longs for the presence of the ever present One.

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