“Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in that thing which he allows.” – Romans 14:22
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.” Romans 14:1
We share our opinions with all those around, in body language, when we should show God alone. Nothing needs to be hidden from Him. To get into his presence, the password is “Jesus”, then enter your “castle.” Ah-h-h! Now trade the heavy loads of private choices and feelings, for a shower of survival scriptures. Repentance is like putting on a robe embellished with forgiveness trimmed with inspiration.
An organization called “Youth for Christ” taught this song to students at Hines elementary school. “If Jesus goes with me I’ll go anywhere. Tis’ heaven to me, wherever I be, if he is there; I count it a privilege too, His cross to bear. Yes, if he goes with me, I’ll go, oh, anywhere.”
Our voices blended like a dazzling light with sweetness in the air. I had faith to myself before God in my quiet place. Some of the pre-teens quietly slipped away from the summit. That was alright since each of us has free will so, by embracing the revelation of “Anywhere with Jesus” I too slipped away but without leaving the room. Truth and protection in my castle with Him was “stellar.” Our ginger voices sang earnest words which brought comfort to my solitude.
Although there are many things that one may choose to sacrifice, this secret-sacred place is not one of them. (Some say day-dreaming. I say steal away to Jesus.) I am not speaking of hallucination. BY FAITH we have private light, height, and resilient strength within. It just fascinates me when I can emerge giving inexpensive gifts of smiles, kind words, a gentle touch, or a glance of confidence. Like a shift on our keyboard, likewise, we can shift gears to avoid trouble. Without moving, we can rise into His presence in our castle. We can transfigure the moment’s perception under pure light that exposes and cleanses like fresh spring rain. His gentle nudge influences questionable intentions, and it bridles the tongue. What a privilege it is to make pure decisions which have no repercussions!
We share many things, but there is a place that belongs only to one’s self. S-h-h-h! Quiet now! Silence in the presence of the Lord. Steal away to Jesus, the heavy load bearer. Just as Jesus promised the dying thief a paramount place, claim yours!
“The faith that you have, have it as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.” (NAS) No one can meddle with what you do if you keep it between your soul and your Savior.
Job says, “When God gives quietness, who then can condemn? When he hides his face, who then can see him?”