It’s Day 7 of the Morning Quiet Time Challenge, and that means we are halfway through! High five if you’ve been consistent in offering up the first 15 minutes of your day to Jesus this past week. We have been (re-)committing to a serious pursuit of revitalizing our relationship with God. But the best thing about today is the assurance we have of sanctuary in our secret place. Thank You, Jesus!

If you missed any of the earlier posts, take this time to catch up before continuing:

Introduction                               Day 1                                             Day 2                                          Day 3                                          Day 4                                     Day 5                    Day 6  

NOTE: I’m basing this challenge on my friend Bob Sorge’s book “Secrets of the Secret Place,” if you’d like to follow along. I bought this book the first night I met and heard Bob speak, and it was a real blessing at a time I was struggling to get back into a daily morning prayer and Bible-reading time. I highly encourage you to buy your own copy today. I promise it will be one of the best investments you make. (Buy it here now. It’s on sale!)

The Eye Of The Storm

“The secret place is like the eye of a storm.” Even when we are surrounded by the storms of life, we can choose sanctuary in our secret place.  Sanctuary is defined as “a place of refuge; asylum; hence, immunity.” David spent years running from King Saul and his men, far away from the actual sanctuary of the Ark of the Covenant, yet He wrote, “So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. – (Psalm 63:2 NKJV) David had discovered his secret place to be a personal sanctuary where he could hide from the storm around him.

For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. – Psalm 27:5 NKJV

You shall hide them in the secret place of Your Presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. – Psalm 31:30 NKJV

The Storm Will Escalate

Unfortunately, the storm doesn’t necessarily subside just because we go into our secret place. In fact, it usually escalates because Satan hates when we run to God for protection! But that’s what is waiting for us there: a sanctuary of peace and rest.

My G’ma always told me that when I was in line with God’s will, that’s when I had the biggest target on my back, so I’d better be ready for Satan’s attack. I have definitely found that to be true….unfortunately! But we can rest assured that when we are attacked, God is sovereign over the entire situation. “Nothing can happen to you in the secret place that He doesn’t specifically allow for His higher purposes.” (“Allow” can be a bitter word to swallow, can’t it?)

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Remember in Day 1 we learned that, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1 NKJV)? Our first instinct is to think, “Whew! Nothing can touch me when I’m in my secret place!” But that’s not really the case. If we keep reading, we see that even though God promises to deliver us from attacks, He doesn’t promise to spare us from them. We can take comfort in that….but it can still be pretty painful waiting for His deliverance.

Fanning The Flames

The more time we spend in our secret place drawing closer to God, the more storms we can expect to encounter. But we will also find it to be a place of increasing peace and comfort….which only serves to fan the flames of the enemy’s anger. Quite a paradox, isn’t it? But it’s a risk worth taking: to be nearer to God regardless of the threat of suffering. Our secret place truly is the safest place we can be no matter what the consequences.

I love how Bob explained this in his book: “A refuge is something you flee into. A refuge doesn’t automatically erect itself around you; you have to seek it out and run into its shelter for safe harbor.”

If you’re in the midst of a storm, run to your secret place and hide in God’s sanctuary! Plead for Him to hide you from the storm until you feel the peace of His Holy Spirit filling you again; readying you for another battle. And never forget that you are stronger than you know because of Christ’s power within you. And remember….