<<cover, conceal, out of view>>
Adam and Eve hid from God after sinning (Gen 3:6-12). They realized His Holy presence exposes sin, and so tried to avoid Him. They knew they were guilty, not wanting to be confronted and held accountable for their actions; hiding from those in authority continues to be a natural reaction after doing wrong. However, God is omniscient and omnipresent (all knowing and present everywhere), so it is futile to try to hide things from ‘Him, to whom we must give account’ (Mt 10:26; 1 Cor 4:5; Heb 4:13). “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open” (Lk 8:17).
The truth exposes what we try to hide
or out of the gaze of man, only that which is brought to the ‘Light’ and confessed can be forgiven (Jn 3:19,20; 1 Jn 1:9). The guilt of sin causes a breakdown in other relationships too, besides bringing about various physical ailments especially because of un-forgiveness (Ps 32:3-5).
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. There are some things God has kept hidden from us, and we should not try and speculate, other things He has revealed (Deut 29:29). Many times we don’t understand the reason why things happen the way they do in life, however we can be sure of His infinite love to us with everything working together for our good (Rom 8:28).
In the OT God’s plan of salvation was largely kept hidden while in the NT it is fully revealed (1 Cor 2:7,8; Eph 3:8-11). The wise and learned are often blinded to the way of salvation; because they rely on their own ability and resources, thinking they don’t need it, it is concealed from them (Lk 10:21). Pray that your eyes will be opened to see the truth of God’s Word, the Holy Spirit revealing the infinite riches of the salvation we have received (Ps 119:18; Eph 1:7,8).
The Bible’s instruction is not to hide the light for this defeats its purpose – let it shine (Mt 5:14-16). The light spoken of here is Jesus, the light of the world; He is within all true believers, it is our responsibility to let Him shine on others (Jn 8:12, 9:5). If we hide the light of the gospel rather than openly displaying it, it is hidden from those who are perishing, Satan blinding their eyes so they don’t see the good news of Christ (2 Cor 4:3,4). We are responsible to warn the wicked to turn from their sin (Ezek 3:18-20). “Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their ways will save them from death and cover [hide] a multitude of sins” (Jas 5:20).
Sometimes hiding something is for its protection rather than concealment. When David declared, “God is my hiding place” he was acknowledging his own vulnerability together with the security and safety the Lord’s protection provided (Ps 17:8, 31:20, 32:7, 57:1). Jesus wanted to gather the people together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but they refused (Mt 23:37). He wants to protect us in a similar way, will we let Him? As Christians we are secure, being hidden with Christ in God (Col 2:3, 3:3).
We should also hide or store His word in our heart so it will be a deterrent to sin, because God ‘desires truth in the inner man’ which is the wellspring of our life (Ps 51:6, 119:11; Prov 4:23; 1 Pet 3:4).
Although the spiritual realm is unseen, being hidden from our physical senses, it is real and powerful.
We all have blind spots in our personalities and behaviour that others can see yet we can’t – it’s to our benefit if we listen (and deal as appropriate) when others point these out.
Just as a planted seed is hidden from sight while it grows and changes, so God's Kingdom is invisible to the natural eye but powerfully at work behind the scenes preparing for a harvest (Mt 13:33; Gal 5:9).