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Saturday/Sunday: September 17, 2022

Hiding Place

"So Jonathan told David saying,'Saul my father is seeking to put you to death. Now therefore, please be on guard in the morning, and stay in a secret place and hide yourself.'” (1 Samuel 19:2)

How many times have we been faced with affliction and sought that “secret place” to hide? How many times has that “secret place” involved running away from the problem and not to God? Has our tendency been to not go to the “secret place” at all? For many of us, the priority seems to be to find a way to “feel good” - often in a way that will relieve the pain as quickly as possible.

In this particular passage, David’s life was in danger and he fled to a secret place. We find out later in 1 Samuel that there he sought God. David’s troubles did not go away quickly. Before God restored his safety, he ended up fleeing to several places, continuing to fear for his life, and dealing with even more grief. And yet, in the midst of his trouble, 1 Samuel 30:6 tells us that “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

David had no idea that God would spare him and go on to use his life in mighty ways. He even says to himself, “Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul.” He didn’t know that his life would produce a line of descendants that would someday birth the Savior of the World.

I imagine if he had known the impact his life would have, and had known without a doubt that God would spare his life, he may not have run to the secret place to seek God’s refuge. In God’s plan for David’s life it was important that he be left in the dark about its significance; otherwise he wouldn’t have had a need to run away to the secret place to seek God.

When we are in the midst of our pain we don’t see the whole picture; we don’t see how God will use it for good. The truth is that God has a plan. His plan to draw people to Him is much greater than any plan that we can come up with for ourselves. We must learn, therefore, to trust God beyond our feelings and our fears.

What would happen if instead of seeking to “feel good” as quickly as possible, we allowed ourselves to feel that deep pain, to grieve, and to truly seek God in that pain? It is there, in the depths of our souls, in our secret places, where God can do His greatest work in our lives. Imagine the impact we would have if we chose to trust God in our disappointments and pain, and allowed our lives to be transformed by His power. Imagine the impact this generation of believers would have if we trusted God’s plan and surrendered our own.

David trusted God’s greater plan for his life, humbly submitting his life to God, believing that good would come of it. The secret place for David was an act of surrender to God and an avenue for God to work mightily in his life. When we realize that true joy from surrendering our lives to God is much greater than the world’s plan for temporary happiness, we will begin to have the kind of impact that David’s life had, for countless generations to come.

Prayer: Father, I give my life to you and pledge to trust your plan.

Suggested Reading: 1 Samuel 19

Jill Johnson

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