I Am Hidden in Christ with God

Colossians 3:1-3 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

     Unfortunately, David’s predecessor, Saul, did not choose to make the Lord his Hiding Place, but instead decided he should hide FROM God. He hid from the call the Lord had placed upon his life. In fact, when Samuel came to anoint him, as he had been chosen by the Lord to be the first king of Israel, no one could find him. Finally they located him where he was hiding - in the garage heap! (I Samuel 10:22) Saul chose to look at his circumstances and saw his shortcomings and insecurities, rather than set his mind on the Lord and allow Him to do His work. 

     Adam and Eve had a similar response when they were faced with guilt and shame of their sin. Genesis 3:8 tells us that they hid from the Lord when they realized that He would see their shame and know what they had done. Rather than seek the Lord, who had been their friend and companion, rather than run to Him to cover their guilt, they hid FROM Him. If only they had known that they could run to Him, hide IN Him, and have their shame removed and their sin forgiven! They chose to look on the fruit and what it offered, and then chose to see their own nakedness and weakness rather than look to the Lord for what He offered and how He strengthened them. 

     Adam failed and hid himself FROM God, and because of it sin entered the world, yet God has provided for us a hiding place IN Christ, where we can experience His grace and forgiveness, if we run TO Him! We can live in triumph over sin and death if we do as it says in Colossians 3, “Set your affections on things above, not on things upon the earth, for ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

     We have two options. We can either hide FROM God or we can hide IN Him. That’s it. No other choices. We can hide FROM the call He has placed on our lives and deny His strength while focusing on our weakness, or we can seek His help and forgiveness.

     And how do we hide in Christ? We set our affections on the things above! We get our eyes off of our circumstance, off of our weaknesses and inabilities, off of our failures and sins, and focus on the things above.  

Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”