“They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul. Shall they escape by iniquity? In thine anger cast down the people, O God. Thou tellest my wanderings: put Thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in Thy book? When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. In God will I praise His word: in the Lord will I praise His word. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto Thee. For Thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not Thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?” (Psalm 56:6-10)
Here, there be dragons
“Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.” (Psalm 71:20)
There are times in our life where God brings us through a period of suffering. Things don’t have to change much geographically. But your whole world could fall apart while God reorients your life to be more in line with His Calling. One of the reasons that things got so hard is because God had to be there first. He had to be the one to take you by the hand and walk you through those regions of darkness. That road you stepped on winds its way through the hearts of certain individuals that you’ll encounter as you progress. It’s meant to be and the time is now. Clichéd as that sounds, God waits for us to get to a certain place before we affect others on whose level we now find ourselves. This isn’t something you can wrap your mind around until you find yourself in it and have submitted to the Lord for Him to show you what He wants you to know while you’re there. Because if you take the time to map out the region of hell in which you find yourself, you’ll be equipped and qualified to lead others out. Who would want to stay in hell?
The world is unraveling but not in the way you might think. Look at what Jesus says: “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the house tops.” (Matthew 10:26-27)
He’s talking about the depths of people’s hearts being brought to the light. This isn’t to say we don’t cover others mistakes and shortcomings with love and forgiveness. It is supreme folly to bring out deep secrets and issues in a willy-nilly and voyeuristic manner to the world at large (read: gossip). Anyone who does that should be severely reprimanded. (“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2) That’s not what Jesus is talking about. He’s talking about the things that are planned and schemed and kept hidden so as to thwart and unsettle the plans of God. Plans that involve the transparent hearts of His children. The Holy Spirit is so aware and ingrained and present it’s scary. Scary, that is, if you’re heart is not right with God.
“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31)
All over the map
Paul is talking about prophecy in his letter to the Corinthians: “But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” (1 Corinthians 14:24-25) What he’s saying is, God knows what is on the heart of any and everyone. And should someone happen into a church that is operating in the Holy Spirit to where a prophecy has free reign, that person, whomever they may be, will realize the above statement. God can speak something or cause a circumstance to happen that pierces your heart (this is not a bad thing). He is closer than any of us truly give Him credit for. And if we are unwilling to surrender our secrets to Him (and Him alone), He may well flush them out if that’s what it takes to draw you to Him. Again, not a bad thing.
“Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?” (2 Kings 6:10) Through Elisha’s inward window by the Holy Spirit, the Israelites were able to escape a cleverly plotted ambush by the Syrians–not once, but twice. “And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.” (6:11)
God takes the calm and peace and protection and prosperity (more than material) of His children very seriously. Sadly, too many of His kids don’t see the danger and as such don’t see the fire in God’s eyes that would protect them from such. It’s when we press in to God and see His supreme value for our lives, that we see our true station as His children. Don’t let anyone fool you.
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)