“Where is your Dad?”, I inquired.  “Oh, he is working on his hideout,” replied my daughter.  Yes, it was true. My husband had spent several vacation days working on his new workshop.  He was busy organizing, cleaning, designing and planning how he would hang his tools, store his equipment and how to organize everything efficiently to prevent clutter.

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines a hideout as “: a place of refuge, retreat, or concealment.”  I believe that as we embark on a new year, we should spend a little more time in our own “hideouts” planning, organizing and equipping ourselves with God’s word.

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

We all need to make time to hideout with God.  The benefits of doing so can be astonishing.  There is no power, no peace, no strength and no love greater than His.  Nothing and no one else can offer us what He has and desires to give us.

I often think about what Jesus did when He walked this earth.   Surely, there is no better example for us to follow. Throughout the gospels we see examples of Jesus slipping away to “hideout” with God.  When Jesus needed to recharge, receive direction, encouragement, strength, or simply enjoy the presence of His Heavenly Father, he would simply slip away, withdraw, or find a quiet spot alone.

One time when Jesus was off praying by himself (Luke 9:18)

When Jesus got the news, he slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by himself (Matthew 14:13)

As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer. (Luke 5:14)

Like Jesus, if we take some time to hideout with God we can draw our strength, direction and peace from Him.  Fill your heart and mind with His Word, pray for His direction, discern His voice, watch for Him working in your life and praise His name every moment you get.

But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life! Jude 1:20


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