Hid with Christ

A few years ago the Associated Press wire service featured an account of a man who had been discovered after hiding out for more than three decades. Afraid of possible reprisals following the victory of opposing forces in Yugoslavia during World War II, the man sentenced himself to virtual exile and isolation in the attic of his sister's farmhouse. Fear had cut him off from society for half his life.

The Bible, however, portrays a different kind of "hiding place." One that liberates rather than imprisons; One that protects and gives courage to face life's challenges instead of allowing an avoidance of responsibility. It is the kind of "hiding place" that furnishes a spiritual security from the aggressive and corrupting influences of material-mindedness and sin. It provides a separation from worldliness but not an isolation from the world.

It's here we are
December 14, 1981

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