When Athaliah, mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son had died, she took steps to eliminate the entire royal family. But Jehoshaba, who was the daughter of King Jorán and sister of Ahaziah, kidnapped Joash son of Ahaziah when the princes were about to be killed. By putting him in a bedroom with his nurse, she managed to hide him from Athaliah, so they did not kill him. 3 For six years Joash was hiding with his nurse in the temple of the LORD, while Athaliah reigned over the land.
2 Kings 11: 1-3 (NIV)
I don't know about you, but I have had seasons in my life I felt like God was hiding me, sometimes even against my will. I know God would never do that, but this is how I have felt sometimes. You know what I'm talking about? There are seasons in your life when, no matter what you do, you feel trapped. You're more than qualified for a job promotion, but you don't get it. You see that everyone gets married and has children, but you are still waiting for the right person. The Bible is full of promises that declare you as the head and not the tail, but it seems like you've been at the end of this super long line for most of your life going nowhere.
During the quarantine, Californians were content to stay home while the entire country was under lockdown, but once other states began to open, the people of California went crazy trying to convince the governor to let them out. Nobody likes to get stuck, but what if God hides us because He knows what we don't know?
Athaliah was the daughter of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, two wicked rulers of God's people. When Athaliah saw that she had a chance to rule, she ordered the execution of all possible suitors to the throne and usurped it. Josaba, her niece, managed to rescue Joash, Athalia's grandson by hiding him in the Temple of God. She hid the boy for years until he was old enough to rule.
Joash was a good king, he repaired the temple of the Lord during his reign and ruled Judah for 40 years. I'm sure that while they had him locked up, Joash didn't understand why he couldn't leave the temple to play, or why he didn't go to kindergarten, like other children his age. He probably didn't understand that God was protecting him because the devil wanted to steal his destiny.
Child of God, if you are in hiding right now, enjoy this season in the presence of God. He will soon deliver you to the great destiny He has for you. Right now, He is dealing with your adversaries and preparing you to reign. Don't be tempted to get ahead of God. Stay hidden and enjoy the intimacy you have with your Heavenly Father. Once Joash was ready to reign, God had everything ready for him to take the throne. God will do the same for you. God knows where you are, enjoy his presence and let him prepare you to reign.