Your Hiding Spot
Imagine the scene. You make it to the championship round of your favorite game show. The host says, “For $25,000 name 5 things people should hide. Start the timer. You have 20 seconds.” Your mind starts racing and you immediately begin blurting out answers. “Your age.” “Your wallet” (Those were easy.) “A scar” (Ooh, good one! But time keeps ticking) “Your past” (Yep, you get points for that, too. Think, think…..bzzzzz) Oh no! You only came up with 4! What was the final answer?
The final answer is “God’s Word.” Yes, that’s right. People should try to hide God’s Word. Even God tells us that in His Word! “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 The psalm writer urges to hide the Word, not in a closet or on some bookshelf, but in our hearts. In other Word he calls us to learn, take in, evaluate, apply, and memorize His truths. Why? He says so that we do not sin against God or offend Him. If we can remember God’s commands- and right along with that, God’s promises those truths will guide us and help us live to honor Him.
For example, Jesus says, “Do not worry about tomorrow” and then later promises that God “knows what you need.” The Apostle Paul writes, “Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Notice how both the command and the strength to follow the command are right there.
Don’t worry- because your Heavenly Father will take care of you. And you’ll save yourself a lot of stress. Forgive other people while all the time remembering the debt load that God forgives for the sake of Jesus. Not only is the right thing to do, it makes for a lot better relationships. God provides us both with a command and with the strength to follow it, Law and Gospel. Those are great truths to hide away. Hide them in your heart. Now you’re ready for the game show!