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He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1

A secret is concealed and classified information. When someone tells you a secret it is because they trust you with their dreams, their struggles, and their shame. And, when you share a treasured piece of your heart with someone, it reveals that you feel safe with that individual.

Trust is a foundational necessity for every healthy relationship. If you do not exhibit trust then that relationship will be shallow and will not grow closer than a chummy acquaintance.

God desires a deep relationship with you, not a “hi” and “bye” type of relationship, but a connection that will lead to mutual trust and confidence.

Do you feel weary? Are you hurting? Are there things in your life you need to bring before God? If you answer yes to any of those questions, there is a secret place for you to find peace, solitude, strength, and joy.

There is a secret place – a protected dwelling – to abide with God.

Prayer: Lord, help me abide in your presence. Take me to the secret place. I want to go higher, draw closer, and seek the depths of your spirit. I am ready to seek you so I can find you.

 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

I remember when I was a young person in the youth group, we had a gathering at a friends house. This was around the time when the cinnamon challenge was really popular. The cinnamon challenge was basically a dare to eat a spoonful of just cinnamon. It was absolutely disgusting and actually unsafe. 

But we were teens and wanted a good laugh.

The first young guy took a spoonful and instantly spit it out in one big puff of cinnamon. The next guy put the spoon in his mouth and then proceeded to lose his stomach contents all over the driveway. I was too afraid to do the challenge myself and I’m thankful for that fear to this day! 

There is fear that is healthy, and it is to protect you from danger. Then there is fear that the enemy uses to keep you from God and His promises. 

I struggle with being brave. My first instinct is to cower until the threat has passed and then crawl out to see the damage that has been done. But God has commanded us in this scripture to be strong and courageous.

We can face whatever life throws our way, because He is always with us! We don’t have to be discouraged, for He is always walking with us, no matter the season or circumstance. 

Face your day today with confidence that you can be brave because God is always with you. 

Jesus, I’m thankful that I can be brave through You. You make me strong and I know that You are always fighting for me. 

“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

I tend to be a daydreamer at times, often find myself letting my thoughts wander in different directions. Recently I was thinking about my life and felt like I stood at the top of a mountain, looking back at the journey I had taken. It was a winding path, leading through valleys and hills. There were slippery places, times of darkness, some steep cliffs and some shadowy valleys. I thought of the many “hats” I had worn through the years, as I endeavoured to follow God’s plan for my life. I thought of the times when it seemed there must have been an easier way to go. I also realized that the memories of the good times far outweighed the hard times.

Through the whole journey, the Lord had been with me. His hand was leading, protecting, and supporting me every step of the way. He was there in the times of sorrow and in the times of rejoicing. There was not a need that He had not met.

I realized that I was not at the end of the journey, that there were more hills to climb, but I am sure of this one thing: The Lord who has been with me this far, will never leave me nor forsake me. He does not allow me to see what lies ahead, but I can safely trust the rest of my journey completely to Him, for He know what is best for me.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your guidance and direction thus far and for the confidence that we have for the future. Lead us day by day in the way you would have us go.

Devotion by Anne Johnston