Topic: No Hiding Place – from Daily Manna Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi [Saturday, September 9, 2017].
KEY VERSE: “Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?” (Isaiah 29:15).
An atheist lecturer once wrote that: “God is nowhere.” After his lecture, a Christian student went to the board and drew a vertical line between letters “w” and “h” of “nowhere” leaving the statement to read: “God is now here,” God knows us intimately as Emmanuel who is with us all the time. This is why it is futile to run from God when we have problems. Isaiah, in the text, talked about the children of Israel playing a hide and seek game with God. In their backslidden state, their hearts were no longer right with God.
While they carried out their daily sacrifices in the temple, their hearts were somewhere else. They tried their best to hide their counsels from God and carried them out with impunity. God rebuked them for standing reason and logic upside down. He reminded them of His unlimited knowledge and power to judge the secrets of men. It appears that the more advanced in science and technology man has become, the more unwise he is in the things of God. We live in the jet age where information doubles every few months and man rides farther away from God.
Now, children are being taught in some countries that they could select their gender and believe they were descendants of apes. How many years of your life have you spent trying to run or hide from God? The challenge from prophet Isaiah today is to give up the fight, stop trying to hide and begin to enjoy the love of God. The Bible has said it all: “Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?” It’s therefore clear that no one can find happiness all by himself until he or she returns to God who is the Source of joy and peace.
Thought for the day: God is the unseen Seer of things.
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