Jeremiah 23:24 “‘Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ declares the Lord.”
HIDING FROM GOD
Have you ever wondered why all the nightclubs and bars are dimly lit? You are probably asking yourself, “Now Carl, how do you know that?” Well, I have been told. LOL. Seriously, we have all seen pictures or movies with bar or nightclub scenes. They are ALL ALWAYS dimly lit. I guess people feel less intimidated when the lights aren’t on.
God is asking us in today’s verse if we think we can hide from him. Look what He says in the last part of that verse. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” In other words, God knows every crevice and hole in the universe. He can see everywhere. You can’t hide from God.
Has your little Gertrude or Elrod ever hid from you? They do something wrong, so they go hide in their closet or somewhere. You find them pretty quickly, but they still do again the next time. Oh listen, Mom and Dad. Teach them to come to you quickly when they have done wrong. Teach them to come to you quickly when you call them. Why? You are modeling God’s call to them. They need to respond quickly.
Does God get upset (like you do) when we don’t respond to Him quickly. Of course not! He’s God. He is eternal. We may wait a year to respond to His call, but to Him, that’s milliseconds. But we should still teach our children to listen and obey the first time. We are setting a pattern in them to respond.
But let me ask you something. How do you respond? Do you keep your ears tuned in to God? Do you eagerly wait to respond? I know I try to, but there are times when I get so busy or I have my own agenda. Those are the times when I either don’t hear God or I ignore His voice.