I loved to play this game when I was young. Trying hard not to be found and if I was seen trying to outrun the seeker back to the starting spot so I wouldn’t be the seeker. One of the best games to play at dusk or at night before we had to go inside. Us kids spent a lot of time outside.
We play hide and seek in our Christian walk as well. It all started in the garden with Adam and Eve.
“The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:6-9 NLT
This was the very first time someone performed a hide and seek. Adam and Eve were ashamed and hid from their friend and He came seeking them. They had sinned by disobedience but God came…He knew where they were and didn’t have to ask them the question, “Where are you?” but in His love and desire for fellowship He was attempting to draw them out of the situation of sin.
Now because of sin we are constantly trying to hide from our adversary.
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 NLT
So Satan prowls around us looking for chinks in our armor, some way he might wiggle in and draw us away from righteousness. We must be diligent in our hiding behind Christ so Satan can only see us as protected by God.
“Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is!” Job 1:8-10 NLT
Just as surely as Satan was looking around then he is doing the same today. Since we are saved and pursuing the righteousness of God we too have a wall of protection around us. We must be busy about keeping our focus set on God to keep cracks from occurring in the mortar around the stones upon which our faith is built. If that mortar starts crumbling away the enemy will come through as water through a whole in a dam or light streaming through a hole in a brick wall.
We do have assurance of protection.
“For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude” Psalms 32:7 NLT
“But the Lord is my fortress; my God is the mighty rock where I hide.” Psalms 94:22 NLT
“Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me.” Psalms 143:9 NLT
“Guard me as you would guard your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Psalms 17:8 NLT
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.” Matthew 23:37 NLT
The Lord can cover us as a chicken would cover her chicks with its wings, protecting them from danger. He can protect us from danger as well, if we hide ourselves in him, we have a hedge of protection.
“Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever.” Psalms 125:2 NLT
Lord, help us today to put our trust in you. Lead us in the paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. Shelter us under your mighty arms as we attempt to walk in the shadow of your righteousness. Hide our hearts from our accuser and do not allow him access to us. This we pray in the wonderful name of Jesus, amen.