A Wide Place

“You have given me the shield of your salvation. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.” “You have set my feet in a broad place.” 1 Samuel 22:36,37; Psalm 18:36; 31:8

Our home with God is a broad place of freedom and fruitfulness and countless possibilities, of access to God’s infinite graces and eternal treasure. When God saves us, He moves us from the camp of the world to the camp of His children, a wide place whose boundaries are love, and secure. The enemy may linger outside the fence and taunt, reminding us of the former life, the fleeting pleasures of a glitzy (but cruel) world, past offenses committed or trespasses against us, but he cannot touch us, and we can never go back. He is relentless in trying to turn us away from all God has for us, back to what was, or what-is-now-and-I-am-missing-it; he will distract and do his best to prevent us from taking in, enjoying, truly living in the wide good place.

Penzance, green pastures, sheep lying down

“I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts.” This requires daily resolve, daily remembering whose we are, daily walking in step with the Spirit. “I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.” “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” (Psalm 119:45; Proverbs 4:11-12; Galatians 5:16-17)

Lord, You have called me out of darkness into wonderful light, out of restraint and slavery to a wide place of freedom and joy. May I walk, even run, in this broad place that is home with You.

 

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