The Secret Chamber
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. ~Isaiah 26:20
A chamber in the Bible referred to a small bedroom or storage room. It had one way in and out. Houses with a pantry are very similar in idea to this chamber. It was large enough for an adult to stand, lie down, or sit in. It was a getaway from the crowds, crises, and challenges that people faced. Let us see the eminence that the Lord places on the secret chamber.
We see the petition.
“Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers.” God calls His people into this chamber. Jesus referred to a closet which He commanded we enter into when we have our daily time with God. Our Lord calls us to enter our chamber as a refuge. A refuge is a shelter from storms and danger. He calls us to enter our chamber repeatedly. He does not call us to go to the chamber only once in a while, but habitually and repeatedly.
We see the privacy.
“And shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself....” The secret chamber is the place where we shut the door on all distractions and commotions. It is a private chamber. It is there that we make ourselves invisible to everyone and everything else. It is a place where we are not hurried by life’s demands. It is a place where we are not disturbed. It is a place where God welcomes us and we know that we are in His presence. We are in secret and seclusion.
We see the prayer.
The secret chamber is the prayer closet, or chamber, of the Christian. It is where we seek the Lord while He may be found. It is the place where God hears us and we can hear God. We can express our heart’s desire to the Lord. It is where we are not criticized for what we pray for or what we forget to pray for. It is where we pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath, and without doubting. It is inside of a prayer chamber that we are broken, and it is the place where breakthroughs happen. It is there that God’s power is prayed down and the secret to God’s blessing is always traced.
We see the passing.
“Hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” It is the place of waiting. It is there that we wait on God until the storm in our life passes over. It is there that we learn how tribulation worketh patience. When we are diligently in our prayer chamber, it feels like a little moment during a storm. When God called Elijah to the brook Cherith, He told him, “Hide thyself.” When Elijah lived with the widow of Zarephath, he retired to a loft that was his little chamber. It was there that Elijah had a private place where he could shut the door on the dissatisfactions, distractions, and disappointments in life. Our prayer chamber is where God develops our soul, deepens our faith, emboldens our prayer life, and makes us exercise great faith.
Make the secret chamber a place that you identify as your meeting place for you and God. Never forsake it, and frequently occupy it. Accept His invitation today as your meeting room with Him.
Have a prayer-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Leviticus 19-21