If so, know you are not alone in those thoughts. I think most all of us have experienced those emotions. As a matter of fact, I believe all of us need ‘a hiding place.’
One of the most amazing stories to emerge from the horrors of W.W. II was Corrie Ten Boom’s book The Hiding Place. Her family had provided a hiding place for Jews trying to escape Hitler’s grasp. When she was discovered, she was shipped off to a concentration camp. She was subjected to torture and indescribable humiliations. Stripped of all else, she found her hiding place in the Lord. Her spirit and soul found shelter in the Lord. We all need a hiding place.
King David, a man after God’s own heart, at times needed a hiding place. It is a profitable study to return to 1st and 2nd Kings and read David’s story. The Bible can help us see that all of us from time to time need a hiding place.
- Sometimes the stresses of daily living drives us there.
- Sometimes sin and temptation force us there.
- Sometimes danger such as violence, crime, and war pushes us there.
- Sometimes family situations such as divorce, troubled children, etc., send us there.
- Sometimes sickness and physical problems shove us there.
- Sometimes sorrow and grief, loss of loved ones send us running for such a place.
You can find a hiding place in God’s Word like Jesus did in the Wilderness of Temptation. A close relationship with friends who know the Lord is a shelter. Prayer has been a proven refuge by souls under pressure across the ages.
The great music of the Church is a place of hope:
- “In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief, and oft escaped the tempter’s snare by thy return, sweet hour of prayer.”
- “He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock that shadows a dry thirsty land; He hideth my life in the depths of His love, and covers me there in His hand.”
- “The Lord’s our rock, in Him we hide, a shelter in the time of storm; secure whatever ill betide, a shelter in the time of storm.”
- “Precious hiding place, precious hiding place, in the shelter of His love; not a doubt or fear, since my Lord is near, and I’m sheltered in His love.”
~ Brother Roy