I have just finished reading The Hiding Place. I loved it. There is so much wisdom in this book. The Ten Boom family were all great examples of people who truly put God first and loved others before themselves.
There are so many lessons for me in this book that I think I am going to have to go find a copy to buy so I can mark the quotes that spoke to me and read and reread it to see what else it has to say. As I am sure that each time I read it there will me more wisdom and new lessons.
For today, here are a couple of lessons.
I guess the first lesson is just how much they trusted the LORD. These people set up a "hiding place" for the Jews who were being persecuted in their home and ran an underground network to try and help them out of harms way. As a result they ended up in concentration camps and living the unspeakable life right along with those they were trying to help. And inside the camps, they were still about God's business. Corrie and Betsie led worship services in their camp for the women and led a lot of them to Christ. They trusted that the Lord would give them strength to endure whatever was coming their way. And he always did . What trust. Let it be also for me Lord, Jesus that I trust you for the strength I need to endure whatever comes my way.
Second, they cared more for others than themselves. What a lesson for us all! In this day of being all consumed with "looking out for #1", we'd all do well to remember that Christ's command is to "Love others as we love ourselves and even our enemies!" Betsie Ten Boom was always praying for the guards at the concentration camp. Before she died in the concentration camp, she would often speak of opening a home for them once they were all released so they could learn that love is better than hate. What a sermon that preaches. Let it be me, Lord. Let me care for my enemies who press down on all sides more than myself. Show me how to love them with YOUR love and forgiveness.
In Corrie Ten Booms later years, as she traveled around in Germany and spoke of what she had learned in the concentration camp life, one of the German guards came up and thanked her for showing him that Jesus had also washed his sin away. This man had been one of the jailers who laughed and mocked her and the other women in the concentration camp, and here he was wanting to shake her hand. She tried twice and couldn't do it. Couldn't forgive. She prayed twice that the Lord would give her the forgiveness and was finally able to shake the man's hand. And here is what she said she learned.
" And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness anymore than on our goodness that the world's healing hinges, but on His. When he tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself." What a sermon is in that one quote. OH, that I, Lord, will rely on you so much as to receive the love you have to give me to forgive. I don't have the strength without you Lord. Please, let it be.
I think that is enough to really ponder on this day. If you've not read this book, I encourage you to read it. Have a great Monday everyone!
Dear Father in Heaven,I pray that you will keep these lessons in my mind as I go through this day. Remind me to constantly rely on you and only on you. NEVER on my own strength but yours, Jesus. Bring the Ten Boom's words to my mind and let them speak your wisdom to my heart this day. I love you Lord. Grant I will ever be learning to love you more! Amen.