What is your hiding place?

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on April 22, 2020

What is your hiding place? Watch today’s three minute introduction to our readings here.

Gideon was hiding. He was afraid of the Midianites. But our God found him and made him a mighty warrior. Read Judges 6 (click here). In the Empty Tomb, we hear the echo of the LORD’s words spoken to each of us: “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior!”
 
The Galatians (read 4:8-31 here) were hiding in their efforts to obey God’s law, “observing special days and months and seasons and years.” Earlier in this letter, Paul called them fools for hiding there. But now he reminds them they are “known by God.” He could still claim these "fools" as his brothers and sisters in Christ, not because of what they had done, but because of God’s promise.
 
Paul used an Old Testament account of Sarah and Hagar (Genesis 16 & 21:8-13—read it here) to illustrate that we are God’s children by virtue of a promise.
 
When you feel far away from God, what do you do? Do you become a fool like me, trying to ease your conscience and calm your fears by remembering all the good you have done? Let’s instead find our hiding place in the Empty Tomb. There the promises of God are all confirmed.
 
If Jesus has risen, then there is a place for cowards and fools like us. 

Close your devotion by celebrating your hiding place by singing "You Made a Place for Me" (click here). 

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