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When God Hides a Man

Updated: Jun 30

Man hiding in a cave
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We are living in a world where everybody wants to be constantly seen, appreciated, liked, and followed by everybody everywhere.

This is part of the wonders of the modern world of the internet and social media where attention-seeking has become a mainstream endeavour.

In this modern world, going viral on the internet is the new definition of a glorious achievement that comes with a promise of fame and the commercial benefits that could accompany it.

The attraction of being the prime focus of the never-ending blog and social media feeds and bottomless video reels is the new high that many relentlessly pursue.

This can also manifest in the form of an endless quest for an elusive career height and a relentless desire to get to the top of the ladder (whatever that means).

But life was not designed to be lived on a ceaseless camera roll. There are times when the curtain falls, and the cameras stop rolling even if for a while.

This is a season of hiding – the cave dimension of human existence. We will all go through it at some point in life.

In the divine agenda, hiding is not synonymous with abandonment, relegation, or a fall from grace or favor. Rather, hiding (when necessary) is a strategic tool for fulfilling purpose.


Greatness in obscurity

Biblical narratives provide several instances where God hid individuals for various reasons.

Consider Moses, who was hidden as an infant to protect him from Pharaoh's decree to kill all Hebrew male babies (Exodus 2:1-10). Even Jesus, after His birth, was taken to Egypt to be hidden from King Herod’s murderous intent.

Later in his life, Moses was hidden in the desert for 40 years before God called him out and commissioned him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3:1-10).  

Similarly, David, anointed as the future king of Israel, spent years in hiding from King Saul (1 Samuel 19-24). David moved from one cave to another – far from his ultimate place of calling.


Purpose of the cave

There are several reasons why life would push us to the cave from time to time.

Preparation: God uses periods of concealment to prepare individuals for their future roles. Joseph's time in prison (Genesis 39-41) wasn't just about suffering but about preparing him for leadership in Egypt. In the hidden place, God works on an individual's character, builds resilience, and imparts wisdom necessary for future tasks.

Character: God often uses hiding seasons to teach dependence on Him and develop humility. Moses’ transformation from an impulsive prince to a humble shepherd exemplifies this.

Protection: Just as Moses was hidden from Pharaoh's murderous decree, God may hide someone to protect them from harm, danger, or persecution.

Sometimes, the threat isn't physical but involves being shielded from premature exposure to public life and responsibilities, ensuring that a person's character and abilities are adequately refined for the task ahead.

Clarity and Direction: In the hidden place, God reveals Himself and His plans more profoundly. The Apostle Paul, after his conversion, spent time in Arabia before beginning his ministry (Galatians 1:17-18). This period allowed him to receive revelations from Christ and understand his apostolic calling.

Faith and Patience: David’s psalms reflect his deepening faith and patience during his years of hiding. Waiting on God’s timing can strengthen one’s faith and reliance on Him.

Timing: Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.” God’s timing is perfect, and being hidden is often about waiting for the right moment to step into one’s calling.

Divine Strategy: God’s plans are intricate and strategic. By hiding someone, He might be aligning various elements and people for the fulfillment of His purposes.

Rest and Restoration: Times of hiding can also be times of rest and restoration. Elijah, after his confrontation with the prophets of Baal, was hidden by God at the brook Cherith (1 Kings 17:2-6) where he was fed by ravens and given time to recuperate.

Relationship: Hiding can foster a deeper relationship with God, as it often strips away distractions and forces one to seek God more earnestly.


What to do in the cave

If you feel like the cameras have stopped rolling contrary to your will and ambitions, use this time to deepen your relationship with God through prayer, study, and meditation.

This is an opportunity to align your values with the divine purpose for your life.

It is also the time for you to develop personally and professionally just as David honed his leadership skills and Moses learned humility during their hiding seasons.

Be careful to avoid common mistakes people make when they find themselves in a hidden place.

Do Not Rush the Process: Impatience can lead to premature actions and potential failure. Trust in God’s perfect timing.

Avoid Bitterness and Despair: It’s easy to become bitter or despondent when hidden. Instead, maintain a hopeful and positive outlook, trusting that God’s plans are for your good.

Do Not Isolate: During your hiding season, do not isolate yourself from community and support. Keep your connections active and stay accountable.


Final thoughts

A season of hiding can impact any area of life – career, business, relationships, and anything else.

You may be feeling stuck, under-utilized, under-valued, unappreciated, and invisible. This is your hiding season. Learn to maximize the power of the cave.

It’s a time of preparation, protection, revelation, and alignment with God’s perfect timing.

It’s important to know that God’s ways are mysterious.

While some believe they can only rise by being constantly visible to men, those who will be made by God will often develop in the secret place.

Embrace those hiding seasons with faith and trust God’s plans. The benefits, both seen and unseen, are immeasurable, ensuring that when you do emerge, you are fully equipped and ready for your next assignment, promotion, or business breakthrough.


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