Seeking a Hiding Place

Wilbur Washington

READ : Job 23:1-7, 13-15


One of America’s well-known comedians used to say, “Did you ever have a feeling that you wanted to go, and then you had a feeling that you wanted to stay?” That seems to reflect Job’s problem in the 23rd chapter of this book.

Oh, that I knew where I might find him [God]. . . He [God] terrifies me . . . If only I could vanish into thick darkness.

Job claims he has a right to an audience with God. He would teach God about how He should conduct Himself. Job later has second thoughts about whom he was challenging. His tune changes. He wants a place to hide from God.

The author of a spiritual also wanted to hide from God. When the wrath of God falls upon the earth, the sinner seeks shelter in a rock.

I went to the rock to hide my face.
The rock cried out, I’m burning too,
There’s no hiding place down here.

Job wanted to hide. The sister who was terrified at horrid future possibilities was in a similar situation. No hiding place? But listen. The psalmist beckons:

Come to God who is “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46).

To hide from God is impossible. To hide in God is to be sheltered in His care.


There are times, Lord, when we are fearful of You. Help us to receive Your love and thereby have our fears cast out. Amen.