A GOOD PLACE                                                                                                                           Andy Hollifield January 2, 2017

Well, the “holiday season” is officially over. The lights and trees are coming down, the candy and leftovers are gone, kids are returning to school, adults returning to the grind, and it is another ten and a half months before we are all collectively start feeling love and joy and peace and good will toward men again. Back to the “real” world; dog eat dog so to speak. I guess that’s not really very encouraging though is it? The fact of the matter is that it is sometimes a let down in our minds to actually start the new year off knowing it is the same old grind after all the fireworks and lights of New Year’s eve. The next major holiday with any potential for time off is Easter then Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, and then finally back to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Some of the others I have over-looked intentionally because they either don’t have a lot of celebration or no time off from work or school. After all the hustle and bustle of the last couple months it is a little tough to adjust back to a “hum drum, or routine” way of life. When everyone is gone back about their business and the house is a little too quiet, I have a good place for you to go that will make you feel much better. It is not far and it don’t cost much to get there and you can stay as long as you need to. You will see something you have never seen before or maybe not seen in a while. Are you curious yet and in case you are wondering; it is an excellent day trip and may be just what you need to unwind. You even can spend time with the owner at no extra charge and reservations aren’t needed. It is open 24/7 and all you have to do is show up. The owner says in his offer “there is a place by me” and you can stay there (Exodus 33:21).

When Moses began to realize the enormity of the task that he had been assigned, he began to want some assurances. It was one thing to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt with all the hustle and bustle of the plague era, but now it was different. They already had the law and the tabernacle and now it was sojourning in the wilderness on the way to the promised land with a bunch of impatient, disobedient, murmuring, and complaining, people who had already started making and worshipping false gods. He didn’t know how long his job was going to take or what all it would involve but he wanted to know that God was going to guide him. He wanted some proof as well as some personal comfort and encouragement that could only come from God. Don’t we get like that sometimes? I am glad to report that there is still “a place by him”. Not only that, but he said “you shall stand upon a rock.” Not that you “might” but “you shall”. It even gets better! When you get to that place, he will put you in a secure place, in a cleft of a rock. Did you get all that? Not only is it a solid place to stand where you won’t slip or fall, but it is enclosed and secure so the enemy can’t get to you except for the front. And then it gets even better! He will personally cover you with his hand as he passes by you! The reason is so he can show you his glory by letting you see him pass by and you can live to tell about it. The reason I know God will let us get there is because he is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11). He doesn’t have a favorite child, we are all his favorites! Isn’t that great? When the task ahead of us is too big for us to comprehend and we need encouragement and proof and assurance; if we will come to where he is, there is a place by him that he will put us in and show us his glory. If you don’t think that will make business pick up in your soul, you haven’t read far enough. In chapter 34 of Exodus, I read that when Moses came off the mountain after meeting with God and getting the second set of stone tablets, he had to wear a veil because the glory of God was shining so bright in his face!

God will allow us to get in that place when we need to and will do for us what he did for Moses. As you go about getting your year started, don’t forget to take the time to go to that place right beside God. You have to go for yourself because no one else can go for you. Once you go, you will still have the task ahead of you but I guarantee it will be a lot easier to face with his glory shining in your life. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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