Friday, July 17, 2015
Our Hiding Place
UV 1473/10,000 Our Hiding Place
Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 39 v 29
Mankind has always playing a hide and seek game with God. Adam and Eve hid from their Creator God once they disbelieved Him and then disobeyed His command, His law and His Word. Disbelief precedes disobedience and rebellion. God then hid Himself from humanity and revealed Himself from time to time through certain men of God and prophets. The corollary is also true: belief or trust precedes obedience and fellowship with God. God is not our equal- at best we can only follow Him but He humbles Himself to be our fellow or friend or companion. He promises that as we believe or trust Him and love and obey His command, holding onto it as to dear life, He will never hide His face from us any more. His fullest revelation came in Jesus His Son and the covenant of good news that He executed and signed in and with His own blood of sacrifice. Instead of hiding from God we should hide in Him. He is to be our refuge not only in times of trouble but our stronghold even in our good times. When we hide in Him and are inhabited by His spirit, His fruit of character and gift of spiritual abilities will grow in us.
Jesus said that no man apart from Him has ever seen the face of God. When we see the face of Jesus, we see the face of God. When the face of Jesus smiles and shines upon us like the morning star or the Sun of righteousness, we are kept safe in the hands of God. He watches over us all the time. He pours His spirit upon our house. Our bodies begin to house His spirit. We are blessed in spirit and mind and body. Whenever the nation of Israel disbelieved His Word and disobeyed Him, the Lord hid His face from Israel. They were taken into captivity. When they repented and returned to the Lord with tears and sorrow, the Lord restored them to fellowship and delivered them from their captivities. He made a covenant of peace with Israel. He made His will plain and known to them on tablets of stone. As long as we keep His Word, He will not hide His face from us. He will not allow us to be ashamed or confused anymore. The Spirit that God pours on us who believe is the spirit of grace and supplications. Each promise of God is a special hiding place where we obtain His grace and power for that particular or specific need.
When the Lord places or pours His Holy Spirit on us, every brick of our house or every part of our lives will be blessed. It will grow and glow. When His spirit resides in us, He will cause us to walk in His statutes, ways and instructions. We will not turn to the right or to the left. We will keep or remember His righteous judgements in our lives and we will do or apply them constantly in our lives. The world and its sinful culture is like a leech that sticks to our skin but the Word is the salt that makes the leech of the world to release its clutches on us.
Prateep V Philip