I was just thinking to myself in the morning that it’s a season of saying ‘Yes.’. Saying ‘Yes’ because I’ve been spending the past season benching myself and staying on the sidelines far too much. Time to re-discover my bold and daring side.
Funny enough, as I started on my new devotional “Secrets of the Secret Place” by Bob Sorge (something my sister got for me when he visited my church back home), the first chapter was titled ‘The Secret of Saying ”Yes””. It was like a little nod in my direction haha.
It’s true that we know that the secret place/personal time with God is where our faith is built, where the foundations are constructed on the Rock and the truth of the Word. And it’s sadly true that it’s difficult to fight the human tendency to get lazy, to lose discipline and to cut corners. To just go through the motions. Time to cling on to Psalm 91 and to learn to dwell in the shelter of the Most High!
Psalm 91 (NIV UK)
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.’
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 ‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honour him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.’
And one amazing truth is that despite how we sometimes feel like we are far from God when we try to spend time in the quiet with Him, He is already waiting in the secret place (Matt 6:6).
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Matt 6:6 NKJV)
That’s pretty cool. That the Almighty God who created the heavens and the earth is already waiting in the secret place for you to meet with Him. Like what?!
And one last verse that hit home for me…
The wise and foolish builders
24 ‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’
(Matt 7:24-27 NIV UK)
The foundation determines if your house survives the storms, the changing of seasons.
Let my time in the secret place be times of intimacy with You. Create in me a hunger to seek Your face. May my foundations be rooted in faith and truth, that I will not waver in the face of change and adversity. Most of all, help me to walk with You every moment of my life.