“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”
Psalms 91:1-4 NKJV
We humans are temporal, in that we have a propensity to trust what we can touch, can see, can interact with with our senses. It can be hard for us to trust in the unseen, to turn over concerns and needs over to the invisible. Because of this, we often have difficulties having faith.
Even those who call themselves Christians, can find it difficult to surrender all to Jesus. We hold on to our troubles, our problems, and seek worldy solutions. Additionally, we resort to our faith only when all that we have tried has failed. Then we become angry at God, because He did not deliver. God does not reward unbelief.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
The bible is full of examples of people who diligently sought the Lord, who prayed trusting Him with everything. Sometimes the things that we desire are not what God intends.
Unanswered prayer reflects the omniscience of God as He sees all from the end to the beginning. I frequently wonder what evil God has kept me from through prayers that He did not answer in the eay that I wanted.
As I have dwelt in the shadow of the Most High, I have found Him faithful. Whether it be a diagnosis of cancer, the onset of dialysis, the loss of loved ones, the rejection of others, God has preserved me. I am not a trusting person, and I keep my circle of friends incredibly small, with regular editing. But God has gained my trust through His faithfulness.
In the many trials that have entered my life, I seek the Lord as my first reference. I seek Him in prayer, His word, and godly counsel of more mature believers. For most of the things I face, He is the only One who ever hears.
Clinging to the most high brings protection, as most who seek to harm and devour us, fear the heights. We have a God who cares for us and provides.
George Mueller had an orphanage that existed by the grace of God. We know of him because of who he knew and trusted. Mueller was a man of prayer, who laid everything before the Lord. He did not pray for small, inconsequential things, but existential needs like food as he had many mouths to feed. Time and time again, the Lord provided.
Trust in God comes from prayer. It also comes by revelation as you read the Holy Scriptures. As I stated earlier, it is full of stories of people who trusted God. Hebrews chapter eleven is a long homage to people of faith who trusted In a Savior the would not live to see.
Many of those listed were delivered, but many more were not. Around the world today, many of our brothers and sisters are being persecuted, starved, exiled, made homeless and destitute. Still others have been tortured and slaughtered. But they still trust in Jesus, having the hope of the resurrection.
Everyday, people go into the baptismal waters in places where being a christian can lead to a death sentence, knowing they may be killed. They are like those in Hebrews eleven, living lives for which the world is not worthy.
“Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.”
Hebrews 11:35-40 NKJV
Though they did not see the promise, God provided through the cross, salvation that has come to us. Jesus Christ going to the cross provided for all who believe, a refuge in the Most High. We know that we have a home in heaven come what may. We have a great salvation ina Great God, who has overcome the world.
Brothers and sisters, let us rejoice in our secuity in the Lord, and let us live out our faith as we seek the Lord and dwell in the secret place.
We have a God that is relentless and cannot be defeated. There is nothing that can take us away from that safety we have in Him. Let us go forth and tell the world about Jesus with every breath and every action. The world needs to know that there is a dwelling place with the Most High, that is a true place of safety.
We are living in a world that hates those who stand for God and His unchanging word. As the world grows darker, let us remember:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:35-39 NKJV
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