Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head.
They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your hidden ones. Psalms 83:1-3
The hidden ones of God are those who have been chosen to serve and minister in obscurity. Throughout history great men of God have been hidden away from public view until the time was right for them to be revealed and to begin their ministry.
Moses was hidden for three months after he was born to escape Pharaoh's decree to kill all the males of the Hebrew race until he was drawn out of the water by his own daughter. The child grew up in Pharaoh's house as a Prince of Egypt until it was time to be hidden again by God in the wilderness as a shepherd for 40 years. Moses received his leadership training learning to lead sheep under the watchful eye of his heavenly Father until the time was right.
David, mighty warrior king, a man after God's own heart, military commander extraordinaire and sweet psalmist of Israel hidden in the fields of his father tending sheep. It seems that great leadership always starts with humility and tending sheep before a man is ready to lead people. When Samuel was sent to David's father to choose a king from one of his sons, David was not even considered worthy to be present until the old prophet saw that none of Jesse's sons were chosen.
John the baptist hidden away in the wilderness preaching repentance and eating bugs and honey, not a very pleasant start for the forerunner of the Savior of mankind. Humility, suffering, trials and many times even death becomes the true servants of God. Forged in the fire and tested they are molded into men of God under extreme pressure to be able to minister in any condition or circumstance.
Jesus Himself, born in a stable, King of all kings began life in the most humble of settings. Living as a human for thirty years learning the weaknesses of man and being trained to serve in humility, facing the devil in the wilderness and enduring the cross for us all, He suffered greatly so that man could live eternally with the heavenly Father and be saved from damnation.
The great apostle Paul, gave up all to preach the gospel and plant the new Gentile church in the midst of great suffering and trial, beaten, stoned, shipwrecked and finally imprisoned to await his fate in a cold dark cell writing letters to what amounted to little fellowship groups, some even led by women scattered across the land. A gloomy end for one of the most well known best selling authors of all time.
Last but not least is the beloved John, believed to be boiled in oil before being exiled to the isle of Patmos to pen the greatest revelation of all time, the revealing of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Alone on an island away from the view of man and the noise of the world to see into the very portals of Heaven and to write one of the most prolific books in the bible.
All of these men except the Lord Himself were trained and died, many thinking that their lives were wasted and never knowing the ultimate outcome of their efforts in ministry. Hidden away from the spotlight of man and the accolades of the world, thousands have lived, given all to serve and died in God's hiding place. So it is today, humble servants of God hidden away, isolated and purged of pride and greed only to be revealed in these last days as sons of God!
Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. Hebrews 11:36-38
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin