Dear friends, We live in an age of distraction. It seems to me that there have never been as many things competing for our attention as we have now. It’s interesting that in Joshua 3:4, the Lord commanded the people of Israel to keep a distance of 2,000 cubits (about 800m) between them and the …Read More
Dear friends, Is Australia getting drier? The scientific definition of drought is ‘a serious or severe rainfall deficiency’ or ‘a period of prolonged dryness’. The dryness of our land is pretty obvious. Every day farmers across the country are crying out for rain, and we all should be crying out with them. But physical drought …Read More
Dear friends, Is your Christian voice penetrating hearts and minds in Australia? You don’t have to look far to see the impact of corrosive thinking playing out in our nation—it’s all over the news every day. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover powerful stories of God’s Word penetrating the hearts and lives of …Read More
Dear friends, When a friend goes to be with the Lord, it is a time of both sadness and joy. That is how we all feel at Vision following the passing of our dear friend Bob Gass, author of The Word for Today, who went to be with Jesus on June 5. We stand on …Read More
‘I love how uncompromising you are in speaking the truth of the Gospel.’ – Rachel, SA Dear friends, When you do the right thing, people notice. Even though it may not be popular, or easy, we must continue to unashamedly do the right thing—speaking the truth—because people need to hear it! Perhaps one of the …Read More
‘Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord.’ Genesis 19:27 NKJV
Abraham had a special place where he met with God. So did Daniel, when his life was threatened: ‘In his upper room… he knelt… three times that day… and prayed and gave thanks before… God, as was his custom.’ (Daniel 6:10 NKJV)
Jesus, too, had a special place: ‘Before daylight, He… departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.’ (Mark 1:35 NKJV)
Here’s an idea: establish a ‘God place’ in your life. When problems and pressures threaten to overwhelm you, go to your God place. When you need guidance, go to your God place. Hymnist William Walford penned these time-honoured words: ‘Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer! That calls me from a world of care, and bids me at my Father’s throne make all my wants and wishes known. In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief; and oft escaped the tempter’s snare, by thy return, sweet hour of prayer!’
In the words of Henry Ward Beecher: ‘Wherever you have seen God pass, mark that spot, and go sit in that window again.’ Your God place can be anywhere, but it should be somewhere. After you’ve been there a while, a kind of aura will surround it. You’ll create memories of intimate times with God. It will become your sanctuary, which simply means ‘a place of refuge and safety’.
David wrote, ‘Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.’ (Psalm 91:1 NLT) Call it your God place, your secret place, your sanctuary, or whatever, but establish such a place in your life.
SoulFood: Lev 5–7, Matt 27:27–32, Ps 25:8–15, Pro 9:18
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020