Last night I was meditating a bit and began to be conscious of the depth of corruption and evil in the world. Several examples paraded through my mind, not as pictures, but just as a more-than-usual awareness.
I am not troubled by evil for my own sake. Like Brother Lawrence, I’m surprised there isn’t more of it, considering what my own heart is capable of. I’m not troubled, because I’ve taken shelter in God. What I am troubled by are the victims, those oppressed, denied justice, etc., and knowing that others have not taken shelter there.
If I am a prophet, as some have said that I am, and if I have a life message to share, it is this: That there is an answer to the terrible evil in the world. There is a proper response to it for me and for you, and it is in that very shelter that I mentioned. That shelter is found through pursuing intimacy with God through His Son, Jesus, the Anointed One. It is the secret place that Psalm 91 describes (read this psalm in the Amplified Bible. It’s awesome!).
In one sense, intimacy with God is a hiding place, but not a place to bury your face and ignore. It is a place to commune – to be one- with your Creator, to find your center and identity. It is like a headquarters from which to go out out and be who you are created to be.
I leave you with a few scriptures for further meditation.
Micah, chapter 7; Isaiah chapter 26; Matthew 24:32-51; Song of Solomon 2:10-17.