David instructs us, “Those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence” (Psalm 31:19–20). It is time to shut ourselves in with Christ and pour out our hearts to Him.
When the fury of the storm strikes, we will need our own individual supply of strength. When we are in the midst of the storm, none of us will be able to make it on the strength of anyone else. We won’t be able to draw on our mate, our pastor, our friend, even a prophet of God.
We see this truth illustrated in Jesus’ parable of the foolish virgins. When the virgins tried to borrow oil from their wise counterparts, they were told, “Go and buy oil for yourselves. We don’t have enough for both us and you” (see Matthew 25:9).
Do you hear what Jesus is saying in this parable? He is warning all His children: “No one else has enough faith to carry you. You must have your own supply of belief and trust in Me.”
It is so very simple: You need your own supply of strength. Yet you can’t get this by merely reading books or listening to sermons and/or teaching tapes. Neither can you get it by just being involved in corporate worship or doing good works. This strength comes from being alone with the Lord in His presence.
I speak now to every Christian: The time has come for you to draw near to Jesus. You need His presence more than ever!
The Psalmist says of those who appear before the Lord in Zion: “They go from strength to strength” (Psalm 84:7). We are being told, “The praying believer will not faint in hard times. He is going to grow stronger and stronger because he trusts in God.”