Devotional 8/29

For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Psalm 27:5

He made darkness his hiding place; in his tabernacle round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the heavens.
Psalm 18:11

God will hide us, in times of trouble. What exactly is trouble? Trouble is anything under the sun, that causes distress (stress): persecution against the gospel, inner turmoil (weaknesses, rebellion, strife, etc.), anxiety of the mind (worry, fear, doubt, etc.), illness (sickness and disease), physical pains (injuries), emotional aches (rejection, loneliness, etc.), catastrophic events (tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.), financial burdens (debt, childcare, etc.), unemployment (lay offs, downsizing, foreclosure, etc.), and so much more. God is constantly reminding us that He will hide us in HIM, in His word and in His presence: in His secret place.

Image result for Psalm 27:5God wants to remind us today, that He is our shelter. As I mentioned in a previous blog, He is our strong tower and stronghold, when we keep our eyes focused on Him, He will be our guard and defense. God has a way of giving us peace and a sustaining grace, where you wonder ‘How have I made it this far?”. He places us on a high rock, despite of how threatening the circumstances seem; we are able to still function and serve. Our spiritual enemies cannot reach us; we may feel the ground trembling and feel the heat of the fiery darts but they will not be able to take us out of the race. We will feel the attacks of oppressors: indecision, illness, wrath, doubt, frustration, anger, depression, suicide, lascivia, etc. but those who focus on Jesus will be hidden and sustained.

We are secure in Christ.

We are safe in God.

We are defended in Jesus. 

We are protected in the Lord.

We can be confident in God, even when things happen where we have no answers or understanding. We can trust in His perfect will, knowing that everything will work out for our best. If we love God, and attend to His purpose in us (not our own agenda) all things work together for our good, even when it hurts.

God likes and want to manifest His presence, but He does not look to be understood. We can ask endless questions, but God is God. He is unfathomable, and the mysteries belong to Him along. This is an aspect of faith, which surpasses understanding. Every believer can choose to trust, or choose to question God’s intentions. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why is there evil in the world? God is the only one that is able to explain these things, and He will not. 

Where you present when God created the heavens and the earth? Who tells the Sun and the Moon to turn, and who tells the stars to stay in their place? Who counseled God when He created the great oceans? Who was giving Him advice? Who tells the oceans waves to stop by the seashore? Where were you when God laid the foundation of the earth? Who tells the volcanoes to hold its peace? Who can explain what came first the chicken or the egg? Who tells the Sun to rise and set, or the rain to fall?

Have you ever gotten to the true bottom of things,
    explored the labyrinthine caves of deep ocean?
Do you know the first thing about death?
    Do you have one clue regarding death’s dark mysteries?
And do you have any idea how large this earth is?
    Speak up if you have even the beginning of an answer. 

Have you ever traveled to where snow is made,
    seen the vault where hail is stockpiled,
The arsenals of hail and snow that I keep in readiness
    for times of trouble and battle and war?
Can you find your way to where lightning is launched,
    or to the place from which the wind blows?
Who do you suppose carves canyons
    for the downpours of rain, and charts
    the route of thunderstorms
That bring water to unvisited fields,
    deserts no one ever lays eyes on,
Drenching the useless wastelands
    so they’re carpeted with wildflowers and grass?
And who do you think is the father of rain and dew,
    the mother of ice and frost?
You don’t for a minute imagine
    these marvels of weather just happen, do you? Job 38:16-18, 22-24

Declaration: God, I declare I trust you despite the unanswered questions. I believe in your plans for me despite the pain. I receive your goodness, regardless of the war in my members. I declare your justice and mercy are good for me. I give you praise and honor when things do not make sense. I give you glory father God, even when my eyes cannot see the big picture. I was bought at a very high price and you are my God. I declare I will not get stuck in trying to make sense of my life, I will not compare my life to anyone else’s and I will accept the cup of life you have set for me to drink: be it bitter or be it sweet.

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, I give you praise and honor for the constant reminder of your awe. I love that you are my best friend, yet the God of the universe. I ask you to forgive us, myself included, if we have ever been disrespectful or offensive to you. Or if we have even regarded you with familiarity, taking away from your holiness and supreme authority over all of creation. You are to be reverenced God, for you are beyond comparison and there is none besides you. I ask you forgive us for being blinded by our own desires or emotions, and even our attempts to be the gods of our own lives. I thank you for your faithfulness, in Jesus name. Amen. 

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