Monday, January 4, 2016

The Best Place to Be in 2016

Ever feel like you’re standing alone in a sea of confusion formulated by the father of lies?

Often this ocean’s breakers pull us under. At other times, we are like beach-combers, picking up the beautiful this sea often leaves behind and stepping gingerly around the ugly it spews out as well.

Each of us lives in a world that wants to suck us in, destroy, and shout loudly that everything we’ve believed in and hoped in is a myth, a chasing after the wind.

2016 glares in front of us. The same old sea of deception beckons us to come closer; to believe we can’t ignore it or avoid it or keep standing for truth when lies are more prominent.

How do we keep ourselves from stepping in instead of standing firmly?

Where is the best place to be in 2016?

“You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence.” (Psalm 31:20)

When we feel alone, swept under, or overwhelmed by the world of lies and beckoning voices, we can step into a place that is secret, hidden, and permeated by the very presence of the God who can’t lie and who loves to shelter us safely in Himself.

This secret place is a place of the heart.

Unseen by men.

Known only by those who learn daily to rest in a God bigger and more loving and more alluring than what this world has to offer.

The hymnwriter asked for it bluntly:  “A mind to blend with outward life, while keeping at Thy side.” – Anne L. Waring

This is the secret place of His presence.

This is the best place to be in 2016.

“You are my hiding place.” (Psalm 32:7)

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