Hide Thyself

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Hide thyself by the Brook Cherith…” (1 Kings 17:3)

my "brook Cherith"
my “brook Cherith”

God’s people must learn the exponential value of the “hidden life.” Some of us who want people to think of our faith as a high place to attain unto, must also be willing when the times demand it to gladly take a “low place” before our Lord. Neither need we be surprised if Jesus says to us:

“My child, you have had enough of the hurry, the busy, and the publicity of all the rampant, domineering of public opinion and the disastrous propaganda being machined into your minds. Go now, hide yourselves by the Cherith of your lock-down, your isolation of your illness and bereavment.” Go to your Solitude from which the usual crowds have been pushed away by circumstances at large.

God’s people are happy to say with belief and commitment: “Dear Jesus, your will is mine. I will flee unto you, to hide me under the blessed Shadow of your wings. Hide me Lord, by my brook Cherith, which you have appointed me in love during this “fourth wave,” because we are now in the night seasons, where You, Lord, can best lead me along.”

The Light of Heaven is to be reflected through Christ’s followers to the world; especially now. This is the Christian’s life work, to direct the hearts of fallen, struggling people to our Saviour and Lord, Christ Jesus.

At the very beginning of his first letter the aged servant of God ascribed to his Lord a tribute of praise and thanksgiving. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” he exclaimed, “which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” {AA 517.2}

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In this hope of a sure inheritance in the earth made new, the early Christians rejoiced, even in times of severe trial and affliction. “Ye greatly rejoice,” Peter wrote, “though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, . . . ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” {AA 517.3}

The promise of the Holy Spirit is not limited to any age or to any race. Christ declared that the divine influence of His Spirit was to be with His followers unto the end. From the Day of Pentecost to the present time, the Comforter has been sent to all who have yielded themselves fully to the Lord and to His service. To all who have accepted Christ as a personal Saviour, the Holy Spirit has come as a counselor, sanctifier, guide, and witness. The more closely believers have walked with God, the more clearly and powerfully have they testified of their Redeemer’s love and of His saving grace. The men and women who through the long centuries of persecution and trial enjoyed a large measure of the presence of the Spirit in their lives, have stood as signs and wonders in the world. Before angels and men they have revealed the transforming power of redeeming love. {AA 49.2}

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The apostle’s words were written for the instruction of believers in every age, and they have a special significance for those who live at the time when “the end of all things is at hand.” His exhortations and warnings, and his words of faith and courage, are needed by every soul who would maintain his faith “steadfast unto the end.” Hebrews 3:14. {AA 518.1}

Everyone needs forgiveness, and the kindness of a Saviour:

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,” (Titus 3:3-4, KJV)

[Jesus] saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:5-7, NIV)

**Extra Note For Study and Practice: (taken from Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary, re Titus 3:4)

God’s grace in us should be evident by the respect we give to rulers (Titus 3:1) and by the way we treat others (Titus 3:2). We once were just like our ungodly neighbours (Titus 3:3), but God has totally changed us (Titus 3:4-7). Therefore, we should maintain good works (Titus 3:8), avoid foolish disputes (Titus 3:9), and reprove divisive people (Titus 3:10-11).

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