“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” (Psalm 23:6)
Those who walk and work amongst the wicked understand this verse, those who walk in the darkness with the light of Christ, those who have suffered unto blood, who are and have been in the fellowship of His suffering, who know grief and sorrow, pain and trials for His glory rest in the promise of these words.
In the house of the Lord all pain is gone, there is peace, safety and security, and we long for that day. Those in the fiercest part of the battle, those who know the waves of despair with hope, those He places in the fire will know a peace that passes all understanding in the midst of them.
“In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Luke 21:19)
As the chaff is being revealed in these evil days, the wheat is being noticed, those with the brightest lights are the easiest to see, and those whose father is Satan will not run from that light but attempt by any means to extinguish it. Here then my friends is the patience of the saints, those who are not only willing to suffer all, but to die for Him they serve.
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:” (Luke 22:31)
Do not think that Peter was the only one this request was made of by our adversary, do not think that Job was the only one that had a hedge around him, and do not be deceived here, the Almighty may decide to lower that hedge around you as well.
Soldiers are not given a choice of what battle front they want to serve in, they go where they have been ordered to go, and if you are growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, if you are seeking His face for His glory, if you are truly desirous to die to self, and that fully, do not expect to be left at the back of the line, do not expect to be unscathed.
He may send you right up to the wall to die.
I could have foregone every preceding word in this short, poorly written letter to some of you and simply offered Philippians 1:21, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” And some of you would have understood. But for others, encouragement must be offered before they put on the whole armor of God, before they are sent out to battle.
For those of you that need this, do not think that those you see in the worst part of that battle, that those in the front-line fight without fear. Fear is perhaps the main part of their forward momentum, it is not a wall to them though, but a door.
“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” (Psalm 91:7)
To death, through death is the way to eternal life for those who have been crucified with Christ.
“Thy will be done” is written on their shield and sword, and these know, without a doubt, that they will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
It does not make the darkness any brighter, this promise of our Father, it will not make the wicked change their way, it will not lesson the pain or quench the fire, but it may encourage the brethren who have yet to fully comprehend the promises of the Lord Jesus Christ, that no man, no devil, not even Satan himself can take us out of the Lord’s hands.
It shouldn’t be easy, and we should be willing to stand for Him who hung on that cross for us.
“As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:” (Isaiah 52:14)
You will never suffer as He did, but at times that suffering may be more than you can bear, and that is a good thing, for then you will have no one left to lean on but Him.
Go where He sends you, that is where He is waiting for you.