You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you O God, are my place of safety. Psalms 59:9 New Living Translation
As children, we’ve all played “Hide & Seek”. Sometimes we would be so unsure of our safety that we would run to find a better hiding spot only to be seen in the process. We may have actually had the perfect place of hiding if we had just waited patiently for the game to play out.
We all face times of uncertainty in our lives. We find our minds plagued with many “what if” questions which make it difficult to concentrate, sleep, or just make it through the day. Questions of uncertainty often bring feelings of complete desperation causing us to want to run to a new hiding place which may actually be an unhealthy or dangerous situation.
The above psalm was written by David when he feared for his life because Saul’s men were coming to kill him. Just as Saul was seeking to destroy David, Satan also wants to destroy our faith by strategically planting these “what if” questions in our minds to confuse, distract, and discourage us. Surely there were many “what if” questions running through David’s mind, but he also knew that God had a plan.
Although we may know in our heart and mind that God is in control and that He has a plan for our lives, we can still feel completely consumed by the situation. Lamentations 3:22 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail”. Just as David waited for God to save his life, we can count on our Father, who loves us, to provide that fortress of safety when we feel consumed by the “what if’s”. His love is the perfect hiding place!
- Hiding in God by Mark D. Roberts (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)