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From Chris's Heart

September 2010
The God Who Hides
by Nick Harris

A friend copied a pamhlet for me the other day with this title, “The God Who Hides Himself.” He sited Isaiah 45:15 as his source. I have read the book of Isaiah countless times and the words of that verse had escaped me. I simply had not noticed what it says. Isaiah writes,
Truly you are a God who hides yourself, O God of Israel, savior. By this Isaiah was telling Israel that their God had done countless things in their midst and in their personal lives, from a concealed position. He was always working, but He was always hidden. How different God is from us. He likes concealment, we like display. He
does not need to be noticed, we do. Think about this: the entire universe was created by Him. The heavens and the earth were spoken into existence by Him, and yet, since the creation no man has ever seen Him. The Bible declares that in the Old Testament era no man ever looked upon God. But, in the New Testament era, this occured: The only begotten son who is at the Father’s right side, has made Him known. (John 1:18) And yet, when this only begotten son came for the very purpose of showing forth the father, He hid Him in human life with a “marred visage,” a human life that had “no form nor comliness.” And He came from Galilee, an insignificant province, and from the town of Nazareth, a small town of which it was said by the Jews that no prophet or person of repute ever came from there. So, when He appeared, people not only found it hard to believe that
God was present in Him, they found it hard to believe He was a prophet of God. Yet, our great God was hidden within Jesus of Nazareth.

As I pondered this I could also hear Mrs. Woody’s words when she prayed for us. Shewould always remind us that God’s grace was sufficient for each day and His mercies are new every morning. Oh, how I miss that lady! Now, the fact that I have been sitting at this computer for almost two hours writing this little article is proof that this is, and continues to be, a lesson I need so desperately to learn. We should be thankful, and content, and live in the moment. He says, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."

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