114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
I remember playing a game called hide and seek. Where you had to hid from the person that was counting and when they were finished, ready or not here they come. Well, that was in the natural. Let’s look at it from a spiritual perspective. Jesus Christ is responsible for us. So that makes him qualified to be our hiding place and our shield. He will covers us when the storms of life are raging. We are protected under His loving care. Make sure you study your Word, because in The Word is hope and everlasting life.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)
Our Father wants to do a new thing in our lives, but He can’t if we continue to be stuck in our past. We can allow discouragement and past failures keep us down. We keep replaying our past mistakes in our minds even though we have asked for forgiveness and God has forgiven us. He said as far as the east is from the west, this is how far He has removed our sins from us. If God can make dry land in the Red Sea, can He not make a road in the wilderness or rivers in a desert? We may think our life is over, but God says no. Look at Moses. He had status in Egypt by being a son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Yet he made one great mistake by killing a Egyptian who was beating on a Hebrew slave. He tried to hide it, but even his own people told on him. He lost everything. He became a shepherd in Midian and wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, but God was positioning him for his calling. God is positioning us. He is not through with us.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Luke 22:31-32
Our adversary wants to stop us at every chance he gets. He wants to use our weaknesses against us to make us fail the test. He wants to sift us like how they did wheat, through a sieve. He’s trying to break us down. He wants us to give up and quit. Jesus wants us to know that when these times come, he had already prayed for us. His prayer is that our faith will stand strong during these trying times. He already knows how we feel because he was tested too.
Tests come to make us strong. We learn to rejoice in sufferings, because sufferings produce endurance; and endurance, character, and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-4 NIV) Then we are able to help those who are going through because we already been through it.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. — Lamentations 3:26
Waiting to hear from God can seem so difficult at times. When you wait on him, you can keep yourself from a lot of hardship. I know this from experience. Because when I did not have the patience to wait, I suffered greatly with making rash decisions. I can still feel the effects from some of those decisions. If only I had of waited, the end results would of been better. As I have matured in this way, I learned that waiting is not as bad as I made it to be.
I learned that waiting means to be still and silent. Why is so important to be still and silent? An excellent example would be Hannah. (read 1 Samuel 1) Hannah wanted a child so badly. In those days to not have children, a woman was looked down on. Hannah’s life was made miserable by her husband’s second wife who had children. Instead of Hannah taking things into her own hands, she went to the Temple and poured her heart out quietly to the Lord. The priest Eli saw her and heard no sounds come out of her mouth, but saw only her lips were moving that he thought she was drunk. Little did he know that she was making a vow to the Lord if he would give her a son she would give him back to the Lord. Eli asked her how long will she be drunk and to stop drinking. But Hannah let him know that she was pouring out her soul to God regarding her complaint. Eli answered her by saying to go in peace and the God of Israel grant her petition.
Wait on the Lord. Whatever the problem is or the situation that you are dealing with, don’t make a hasty decision. Take it to the Lord in prayer and wait for his deliverance. Be still and know that I am God.
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