'For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.'
What a precious revelation this is, your life is hidden! It is hidden with Christ in God! There was a time when in Adam, we hid ourselves from the Presence of the Lord amongst the trees of the garden, estranged from His favour, seeking refuge from His anger. Yet through His mercy, we now we find our hiding place is in Him, having been delivered from the sins that once kept us in bondage.
We used to hide from His voice in fear, knowing our nakedness and shame. Yet now we are clothed in His righteousness, and His voice is the sweetest sound to our ear. The secret place of the Most High has been disclosed to us, and now in Christ we may abide under the shadow of the Almighty. From such a position of safety and security we can boldly state with the Psalmist, 'I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress: my God in Him I will trust." (Psalm 91:1-2).
When David was assailed with foes on every side, his confidence was in the knowledge that the Lord was His place of safety. Praying to the LORD he said, 'Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.' (Psalm 32:7). No matter how high the flood of evil forces rise up against you, they can never ascend to the heights of the Throne, and your life is hidden above! You dwell in the One who is 'on high,'and 'mightier than the noise of many waters!' (Psalm 93).
As a result of the fact that our lives are hidden with Christ in God, let us set our affections on the things above, and no longer submit ourselves to the rudiments of this world. We are no longer subject to the ordinances of man, 'Touch not; taste not; handle not;" which all are to perish with the using. The commandments and doctrines of men may seem to have a wisdom about them in self imposed religion, but they are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh! (See Colossians 2:20-23). Man made laws of harsh servitude give an impression of spirituality, but they are the symptom of the fact that we have not held fast the Head, and have brought everything down to an earthly level.
When we lose sight of Christ as our life, and simply observe man made traditions, then we are left with something that is merely outward and extrinsic. Let us not make another refuge for ourselves. There is one hiding place that can never fail, and that is in the Lord Jesus Himself. Asceticism is a false refuge. Only Christ is a safe haven for the soul! Let us rest in the keeping power of our refuge. As the hymn writer put it, 'A safe stronghold our God is still, A trusty shield and weapon.' Let us hold fast our Head, and set our affections on the things above. For we are hidden with Christ in God. Hallelujah!
Shalom with every blessing in Jesus,