Joshua B. Fontaine

January 23, 2020

I’m learning that there is a big difference between being hidden and hiding. Hiding is a product of fear, insecurity, and doubt. It will cause you to become crippled in making decisions, and hinder your advancement in life, in every area. It will cause you to lock yourself away from a world that you have been called to impact. It will keep you from the very ones that God is called you to minister to.Being hidden is entirely different. When He hides you, it is for your own protection, your own longevity and ultimately, His jealousy for you.
Don’t allow fear of failure, fear of the unknown, shame, or condemnation to cause you to hide yourself from the Lord, or the world around you. Allow Him to hide you, and in that place, trust His plans for you, and know that He will protect you and be with you wherever you go.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The man who is meek is not even sensitive about himself. He is not always watching himself and his own interests. He is not always on the defensive… To be truly meek means we no longer protect ourselves, because we see there is nothing worth defending… The man who is truly meek never pities himself, he is never sorry for himself. He never talks to himself and says, “You are having a hard time, how unkind these people are not to understand you.”

Holley Gerth

While God does want us to be open with others, he also encourages us to put boundaries in place as we do. He talks repeatedly about guarding our hearts. So what’s the difference? Hiding is a response out of fear, while guarding is a proactive choice to protect what matters most. In other words, we’re not to deliberately put something of worth where it won’t be valued.