Come into the Secret Place
This morning God gave me an “Ouch-allelujah.” That is—as one Blueprint for Life reader penned it—a cross between an "ouch" and a "hallelujah," a good word I needed to hear from the Lord, but didn’t feel exactly nice.
You see, I am in a very busy season of life and my commitments have caused me to—on many more than one occasion—neglect my quiet time with Christ. This is the time I spend with Him, listening to His voice, reading His Word, and learning from Him.
But today I listened and He spoke swiftly, not in an audible voice, but through ideas that He placed in my mind to pen in my journal. The words were for me, but perhaps they will speak to you as well. And, even if they are an “Ouch-allelujah” for you too, I pray that it’s a good kind of hurt—leading you back to the secret place where you can experience true joy and fulfillment.
Many of us speak about God, but rarely experience Him. We quote scriptures, talk about Christian books we have read, throw up prayers in the shower, go to church and say a few corporate prayers, but often will not carve out a portion of our day to enter into the secret place to listen to the Master.
Because it’s hard. Because it’s scary. Because it takes time. Because it makes us feel small and vulnerable. We doubt our ability to hear. Was that really God? We come face-to-face with our sin as His Word penetrates our hearts. I can’t believe that sinful attitude is in me! And we know that if we actually listen that He might expect us to do something about what we hear.
If I don’t spend time in His presence, if I don’t enter the secret place, I can still be a Christian without feeling like I am accountable to my Creator. I can live a selfish life without being confronted with the depravity of my own soul. I can stay safe and avoid the discomfort of God asking me to do anything that upsets the apple cart of my carefully arranged life.
If I don’t hear from God, I won’t hear truth, and truth can—at times—be very uncomfortable, even when it’s healing.
So we make excuses for why we don’t have time. But the reality is, is that anyone can find time for that which they truly want to do. Look at how people behave when they are in love. Nothing can stop them from expressing affection to their beloved. They find time because they want to. So when it comes to spending time in the Master’s presence, saying we don’t have time is,
well. . .a cop out.
So, rather than spend time in the secret place, we only get second-hand messages from our pastor, or an author who has spent time with the Master, who have quieted themselves in His presence, writing down His secrets. We hear from these messengers of God, and—thankfully—we may even apply the truths they share to our lives. But how tragic that we have received just a cup of water from someone who went to the Spring of Living Water for us, but we won’t go to the Spring ourselves to get filled up to overflowing!
The distractions that can pull us away from spending authentic time with the One who made us are too many to list: our kids, our mate, our job, our parents, our sleep schedule, the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life, and a Saturday baseball game.
But if we really believed that the God of the Universe was listening and that He wants to give us abundant life through intimate relationship with Him, would we stop in a quiet place, prostrate ourselves in prayer and really listen?
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psa 91:1, KJV).
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