When my Daddy was a boy in the 1920’s, he found what he thought was an excellent place to hide. The old roll top desk in the parlor had a deep dark cavity where he could conceal himself from his parents. With stealth, he secluded himself under the desk and pulled the large chair in behind securing the secret place. He was safe from being discovered.
Soon, his parents realized they didn’t know where he was. They began to holler for him. “Lee-ee, Lee-ee,” they called. No answer. Again they called, “Lee! Lee!” No answer. His Mom rang the dinner bell alarming the others on the farm. Still no one had seen him. She went to the old wooden wall phone and did the general ring to let the neighbors know they couldn’t find their son. The neighbors began to show up as the concern for his welfare grew by the minute.
The young lad, Lee, was under the desk, safe and secure in his hiding place. He was very pleased with himself. Finally, having enjoyed his prank fully and chuckling at his own joke, he pushed the chair out and revealed himself. His Mom grabbed him and hugged him with tears flowing down her face. After the reunion, she realized that he had tricked her and after a severe scolding, he got a spanking that I think he never forgot the rest of his life!
As a born-from-above child of God, we have a Secret Place available to us because we belong to the One who shelters us there. He is our refuge and our fortress and we can fully trust Him. It is a place where we are invited to live and abide.
But when we decide that we can face the world on our own and step out from under the protection of the Most High, we face consequences that make my Daddy’s spanking seem like a wonderful reward. It is at our own peril that we confront the enemy in our own strength.
When we are lured into temptation by doubting in God’s great love, we are greeted for a brief moment with what seems like a good deal. Our enemy always starts with a pleasant temptation – like the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Our enemy doesn’t show us beyond the pleasure.
For instance, the enemy may start us out with a pretty green, very tasty alcoholic drink called a Grasshopper; there are few concoctions that can match it for taste and style. There is a social aspect to having a drink along with a desire to fit in. This simple beverage may lead to addiction and a devastating end.
I understand that it doesn’t happen all at once. It is a slow and steady process that lures us in deeper and deeper until we have lost everyone and everything we held dear. It feels like there is no way to return. The user is hooked!
Today’s Lesson: Regardless of the temptation, run to the Secret Place where you find safety, peace, joy, welcome, comfort, ease, guidance, and love. It is home. It is the biggest perk that we have as children of the Most High.
As we abide in His Presence, we trust in His timing. When He chooses to lead us to confront the enemy, it is on His terms and we rest in His provision. We delight in His Presence and as we participate with Him, He takes care of the problems as they arise. What privilege we have when we dwell with Him. No evil can befall us. His angel guards take our part. Thousands are no issue for Him.
Why do we doubt Him? Why do we get too busy to settle in and find Him in the Secret Place? Are we playing church and trying to impress others with our abilities? Our ability is inability when we face of our enemy alone. We are lots of noise with no victory in our life, while we are deceived into thinking we are really special.
The escape is to get into the Secret Place and rest in Him. When we advance under His directive and act on our God-given authority, we are an unstoppable force. The Gates of Hell cannot prevail against us!!!
1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.