Hiding Places

Read: Obadiah 1-9

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?” (v. 3)

When I was a child, I thought the greatest hiding place was the space under my bed. Through the thin edge of my bedspread that dangled to the floor, I could see the outline of my parents walking by, but I felt hidden from their eyes.

In the same way, the Edomites felt hidden from the eyes of God. Edom, a nation descended from Esau, was a southern neighbor of Judah, a nation descended from Esau’s twin brother Jacob. It was a mountainous region, high above the surrounding lands. This protected land led the Edomites to feel above reproach. When Judah was attacked, the Edomites gloated over Judah’s destruction and exploited their misfortune. Not only was this egregious to a loving God, but as blood relatives, the Edomites should have been defending the nation of Judah. God gave Obadiah a prophetic vision to deliver to Edom. God could see the Edomites and all they were doing. Through Obadiah, he told them that even their mountains could not conceal them from the justice of God.

Is there anything in your life that you hope God does not see? Nothing we do is hidden from God. But because of the grace of God, there is no need to hide. We can live openly and freely in the light of Christ’s forgiveness. —Kelly Slaybaugh

As you pray, ask God to shine his light of forgiveness in all the hidden places in your life.

About the Author

Kelly Slaybaugh lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina, is a student at Asbury Theological Seminary, and an “empty nester.” She loves connecting with God through nature and outdoor activities.