Devotion of the Day

No Place to Hide?

Thou art my hiding place.
Psalm 32:7.

Your life is hid with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:3.

A little girl, distressed over world conditions, wrote to a magazine editor for advice. He replied, “Let the reader grit her wisdom teeth. There is no hiding place.”

It is a sad commentary on our vaunted civilization that, for all our education, science, invention, and boasted progress, we are looking for a hole in the ground in which to hide from our own devices. The theme of books and articles by, of all people, scientists is, “No Place To Hide.”

But there is a hiding place. Not in a “refuge of lies” (Isa. 28:15, 17) such as we devise rather than face God. “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him?” (Jer. 23:24). Not in rocks and mountains (Rev. 6:15-17). God is our refuge. The only way to hide from His Presence is in His Presence.

In the secret of His Presence
How my soul delights to hide.
He is the Haven of Rest, the Shelter in Time of Storm.

Jesus Lover of my soul,
Let me to Thy bosom fly.

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee
We need a refuge from the pride of man and the strife of tongues, and we may find both in the secret of His Presence (Ps. 31:20). There is a Hiding Place!

Devotion of the Day

Depository or Dispenser?

Freely ye have received, freely give.
Matthew 10:8.

Jesus speaks of the instructed scribe as a householder who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old. We are stewards of the manifold grace of God, not to keep it but to share it. We have a treasure in earthen vessels. The Gospel is not a secret to be hoarded but a story to be heralded. From the carcass of the lion Samson carried handfuls of honey.

Our Lord said that the Living Water should be in us a well of water springing up into everlasting life, and that from within us should flow rivers of living water. Peter said to the lame man, “Such as I have give I thee.”

“To have is to owe, not own,” and we are dispensers of God’s grace, not depositories. It is a day of good tidings, and if we hold our peace it will go ill with us. Too many Christians are stuffing themselves with Gospel blessings, while millions have never had a taste. We are debtors to all men to give freely what we have freely received.