There are many things that might cause us to want to hide from God. We might be ashamed of some sin or transgression. Or, we might effectively hide from God due to pride and an unwillingness to acknowledge His authority and sovereignty.
how Scriptureanswers "Is it possible to hide from God?"
It is not possible to hide from God1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. God is omniscient1,3,5,7,8 and omnipresent1,2,6,8, knowing not just our outward actions6 but the thoughts and intents of our mind7. We are all accountable to Him3,4.
the answer above is based on and footnoted with the following Scripture Blocks
God, through Jeremiah, is speaking out against the religious leadership in Judah. In the midst of this condemnation of the “shepherds who destroy and scatter my sheep” (vs 1), there is a preview to the “latter days” when Jesus will rule as king faithfully (vss 5-8). But in the meantime, God condemns the many false prophets and even the priests (vs 33).
The writer is arguing the better things in Christ and encouraging the Hebrews to “strive to enter that rest” (vs 11), unlike those of their heritage that died in the wilderness due to their disobedience.
If they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, from there I will search them out and take them; and if they hide from my sight at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them.
The close of the prophet Amos’ book where he sees God, standing on the altar (vs 1), speaking of the judgement for Israel and, in particular, their inability to escape from it. He says that “all the sinners of my people shall die by the sword” even though some deny it will happen (vs 10).
At the close of the chapter/book (vss 11-15), we see God’s promise of a time “in that day” (vs 11) when a remnant will be saved and restored as in the “days of old” (vs 11). A portion of this is quoted by the Apostle James in
, applying it to first-century fulfillment and the inclusion of the Gentiles in the gospel message.
Ah, you who hide deep from the Lord your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, Who sees us? Who knows us? You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, He did not make me; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, He has no understanding?
Oh you who hide your understanding and actions from God and think that He doesn’t see! You have it all wrong. The potter isn’t the clay. The thing that is made does not deny its maker or say that he is not wise.
God, through the prophet Isaiah, is speaking of the judgement that is coming against Judah for their disobedience. Their stubbornness and pride has led God to close the eyes of the prophets/seers (vs 10) – like giving a book to someone that cannot read and asking them to read it (vs 11).
Verse 13 is quoted by Jesus (
), applying it to the Pharisees’ heardness of heart and verse 14 is qutoed by Paul (
1 Corinthians 1:18-19
) applying it to the reaction of the so-called “wise” to the gospel message.
How does it inform?
The created cannot dictate (or hide from) the creator.
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.
God sees throughout the whole earth in order to support those that have a blameless heart of obedience to Him. You [King Asa] have acted foolishly in this matter [partnering with Syria] and as a result, you will be at war.
If you know of some other verses or you have something to add to the verses already listed for this question please leave a comment below! We welcome the public discussion and will incorporate your input into the Framework above. We have nothing to hide and invite your help in considering all that God’s word has to say.