As I’ve been meditating in Colossians lately, this verse became a blanket of comfort to me in this difficult, ever changing, unstable journey called life, and I thought maybe you could use some comfort too.
”For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Col. 3:3
There’s a whole lot wrapped up in this short verse, but what really struck me was the use of the word “hidden.” We hide things of value, things we want to protect and keep safe. To think that my life, and everything that it contains, is “hidden with Christ in God” is absolutely amazing and an incredible picture of God as the Lover of my soul and my great Protector.
I need not fear anything that can happen to me in this life. For my entire life stretched out from beginning to end, is tucked safely away with Christ, in God Himself. Nothing can touch me that doesn’t first pass through His loving hands.
I recently read a chapter in the book, “The Best Yes,” by Lysa Terkeurst. She discusses what she calls analysis paralysis – how our fears often keep us from making decisions. How we can just keep living as we always have, being who we’ve always been, doing what we’ve always done, simply because we are so afraid of making the wrong decision. This analysis paralysis can affect every area of our lives (personal, professional, relational, and spiritual.) But how stilted life would be if we didn’t ever step out in faith – if we never took risks. But wouldn’t we rather take a risk or two that could lead to something really good, as opposed to hiding out in our risk-free zones? Terkeurst helped me with these statements:
1. If you desire to please God with the decision you make and afterward it proves to be a mistake, it’s an error not an end.
2. God’s promises are not dependent on my ability to always choose well, but rather on His ability to use well.
If you are a follower of Christ, your life is hidden with Christ in God. He’s got you, no matter what happens.
I encourage you to think about that verse this week and ask yourself if there is any safer place in all the world you could go for refuge or strength or comfort.
And then choose to run to Him and rest in Him at all times, in every scary situation, with all the unknowns of life, because He’s got you – even when you make mistakes. In every way, in everything, there’s truly no safer place to be than to be hidden “with Christ in God.”