“Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found … Thou art my hiding place …” (Psalm 32:6-7, NASB).
Have you ever wanted to quit? I won’t lie. I have. Repeatedly.
As thoughts of throwing in the towel swirled in my head early this morning (yes, just this morning), I longed to give up the responsibilities and faith-walk of conference planning … to not have to deal with it … to hide away. Thankfully the Lord soothed me yet again and restored my hope:
- By drawing near as I prayed – Countless times I’m tempted to skip this privileged priority. Eager to work and pressed for time, it’s especially challenging to purposely step away and into His presence … to quiet my rushing thoughts and open my heart to Him. His everlasting words convict, “Cease striving and know that I am God …” (Psalm 46:10).
- By reminding me HE is my hiding place – Nothing and no one else can shelter, steady, or save me. Attempting to escape difficulties on my own will NOT provide relief. Trying to hide “in the bushes” like Adam and Eve will fall short. Obeying God’s plan and seeking His refuge truly remains my only safe place.
- By speaking through His people – Wouldn’t you know, as I opened my e-mail extremely early today, a friend’s blog post popped up first. And her words–God’s words through her–were exactly what I needed. Amazing, but not really. God so perfectly orders everything in life, and He knows specifically what to say and when. Am I listening?
- By leading me once again to Let. Go. – Absolutely this is God’s ministry. Spiritual gifts are given to build up the body of Christ as He sees fit. “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Father, I am Yours. Please use me where You want, not where I want. I yield to You. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
- By gently whispering in response – “You’re right where I want you to be.”
- By exposing the enemy’s tactics – Fears, doubts, insecurities, comparisons, and discouragements. These traps originate in the enemy’s mind. He ruthlessly accuses and stirs up trouble in his efforts to foil God’s plans. BUT the LORD remains a “victorious warrior” (Zephaniah 3:17).
Dear friend, I pray these thoughts turn your eyes to Christ. HE is our strength. Although we probably face different responsibilities, God desires each of us to be FAITHFUL. As He works in us and leads us on His prepared paths, let us follow well–always remembering God alone is our hiding place.
Pressing on for the glory of His GREAT name,