I’m Aware: How To Find Peace
He that dwelleth 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 will I trust. Psalms 91:1-2
Everybody needs a secret place to hide. As adults, we go out into the world daily to make a living, and often times we encounter people, places, or things that conflict with our personal ideals. A secret place is a place where one can cleanse themselves of their worries to find peace. Do you have a secret place?
Often times, we mistakenly make anything, but God our secret place, our sanctuary, our place of peace. My great-grandmother was my home. For the first 26 years of my life, I’d lay all my troubles at her feet. I know a lot of people can relate to that. Your altar resides in the refuge and covering of another person’s support. For those who may not have a person they can trust, their altar may be their homes, work, a substance, or a habit. But what happens, when we have unwanted guests in our homes or if the person we trust most is not accessible? What happens when work, alcohol, sex or even church etc. can no longer handle the job? Where do we turn?
The night I labored to deliver my deceased son, I did not sleep. I stayed awake all night praying to God for an understanding. I literally encouraged myself with Romans 8:28 knowing that if God gave me a son and took him a way, he had His reasons. But what else could I do, I could not leave the hospital, and I could not bring my son back. This scripture gave me the courage and peace I needed to greet my son with the same love and respect I would have given to him if he were alive. This was the first time I truly practiced dwelling in the presence of the Lord.
In the Old Testament, the presence of the Lord was located in the Holies of Holies. The high priest, only, was allowed to enter once a year, but not dwell in the presence of the Lord. God knew his people needed a personal relationship with Him. They needed to be able to communicate with him directly at any moment, at any hour, at any time. So, God sent a comforter to save us. Jesus came that we may receive the Holy Spirit and personally know God.
Everybody needs a place to lay there troubles and find peace. Not just on Sunday, not just in one place, but everywhere we are everyday we live! In order to thrive in this life, we must have peace, a place of rest, a place where we develop our relationship with God through trust, communication, and understanding.
We are instructed to take care of ourselves and wait on God to move in our situations. Anytime we encounter anxiety, confusion, fear, doubt, or stress, instead of resisting what we do not immediately understand, we must practice surrendering to the truth that God is with us and in control. When we become present in Gods presence, we unlock the door to the secret place and the peace of mind we seek. We must grant God access to our hearts, our true secret place.
God loves us. Why else would he have created us in his likeness and image and give us dominion over all that creepth upon the land? Genesis 1:27-28 To see us fail? No! God wants us to be fruitful and replenish the earth, which he gifted to all mankind. The error comes in our lack of love and trust in God. Once we trust God enough to listen and obey The Word, peace is ours to keep.