December 19 Devotional

When we were kids, one of our favorite games was “Hide and Seek.”  One person counted to 100, while the rest of us hid from them.  The idea was to find the best hiding place and be the last one who was found, or better yet, to never be found.  Every now and then you could find a spot that no one else knew about and it became your “sweet spot.”  When I was six years old I found the best “sweet spot” in the history of mankind.  When I was six, after having broken off my mother’s favorite flowers and lying about doing it, I realized I was a sinner and needed a Savior.  I found my best “hiding place” in Jesus Christ.  What a day that was for me!  It is still my fondest memory of all.  That day, my sins which still hound me to this day, were covered and removed by my wonderful Lord, Jesus Christ.


We are living in turbulent times and times when we could begin to fear if we are not careful.  Let me share some wonderful verses I just read that could give you hope and peace.  “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.  In God I will praise His Word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” (Psalm 56:3-4 [verse 4 is repeated again in verses 10-11]).  I love this whole chapter.  It again and again reminds me where my strength and protection come from.  If we are not careful we will begin to trust in our own abilities and wisdom to take care of us.  The reality is that our own wisdom gets us into more trouble, and into wrong thinking.  I want to trust God!  I want to depend on His power, rather than my own, to guide me in this life.


There are a number of lessons I learn from this chapter.  First I learn that all of us experience fear at some point in our lives.  Even David, the second king of Israel, and one of the fiercest soldiers experienced times of fear.  Having fear is not a sign of weakness, or an indication that we are not loving and trusting God.  It is a natural emotion that we must deal with properly.  The second thing I learn is that after the fear comes, I need to run to my Heavenly Father for protection.  I hope you noticed the phrase, “In God” throughout those two verses.  The hope we have for safety is not in our bank account, or our good health, or our friends or family, but in our God!  God is able to protect us, to guide us, to care for every need we have (even before we know we have the need), and He alone is the Person we ought to run to.  So, as you face the problems and fears of the day today, run to your God!  He is waiting to give the help you will need for the challenges of this day and all the days you have to live.  I am so thankful for this Heavenly Hiding Place!  What a blessing to be a Christian!