Do you remember as a kid playing games that DIDN’T require technology? Really, we didn’t need much at all. Some games required no supplies, just imagination and energy. Tag, red light/green light, Mother May I, and Red Rover just took some friends and some free time. With minimal supplies, you could play hopscotch, jacks, kick the can, or marbles. But perhaps one of the greatest games of all time was hide and seek.
There are 2 basic strategies to hide and seek, and they work to varying degrees based on the location in which you are playing. The first and most simple is to hide and not move, hoping that your hiding place was better than the other players. The other strategy is a bit more daring. It works especially well if playing in a big area like a farm. You find a spot you are pretty sure is a good one, then you try to keep an eye on the “seeker” until they start to get close, then duck in your hiding spot.
Solomon refers to the latter strategy as a wise one when it comes to evil. When you see it coming, hide from it. Don’t get near it, don’t have anything to do with it. It is a step further than what he instructed in Proverbs 1:10, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”
However, we see that Solomon didn’t end up heeding his own advice. He didn’t steer clear of wickedness, but rather espoused himself to it. He took wives of pagan countries, and as he grew older, they steered his heart away from God. Notice, it doesn’t say that they did that right away, but rather as he grew older. Sin doesn’t always appear to be a big deal the beginning. In fact, it might not even seem all that sinful. But that’s why the “prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself.” We have to be aware of what is going on around us – what is enticing us. We must be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” We need to walk “circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.” As 1 Corinthians 2:15 says, the spiritual man judges, or evaluates, all things. Having our eyes open to what is coming is what allows us to avoid evil. If we walk around not paying attention, we are like the simple people who “pass on, and are punished.”
When temptation comes today, or when you are faced with a decision that might be right or might be wrong, get your head up and look around. Will this produce something profitable or spiritual in your life? Or will this be something that takes away from your relationship with God? If it falls in the latter category, hide yourself from it. Don’t have anything to do with it. Quick! Hide!