Good Monday Morning to this new week 36 of 2020
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 5:5-6
There are many winter survival strategies in the animal world, and one of the most fascinating is hibernation. Some animals enter a state of “suspended animation.” Their breathing and heart rates slow and they allow their body temperature to drop, in some cases even below freezing. They stop eating and in many cases stop excreting. All of these things happen so the animal can use less energy.
Hibernation is more varied than you might think. Many animals hibernate in a den all winter, but some animals hibernate in the summer. Some fish can hibernate in a waterproof mucus envelope if their lake dries up. Certain birds and bats enter a sort of daily hibernation called torpor.
God meets us in the secret place. It’s there we hibernate⏤where we are not seen, just as God is not seen. The King James Version refers to this place as a closet.
The word Jesus uses in Matthew 5 to describe the room or closet is derived from the word tamion, it describes the inner rooms of ancient Hebrew homes that were used as a storehouse or a place of protection, a chamber, especially ‘an inner chamber’; a secret room. When we hibernate in prayer, we come to a place of abundance, not scarcity.
God is our storehouse. We step foot into a inner chamber and find He is already there.
Estivation is like hibernation in hot weather. Animals that live in deserts or tropical climates practice estivation. It may not occur solely because of food supply issues, as with hibernation, but because the conditions become too hot and dry for the animal to survive. The process typically involves burrowing into the ground, where the temperature stays cool, and reducing metabolic activity in a similar manner to hibernation.
King David once tended sheep. As he was surrounded by them, did he know he was going to be king? Did he know what awaited him? Not at first. At first the fields were all he knew. The sheep were his lone responsibility. Yet as he was amongst them, he was listening; He was yielding; He was learning.
David knew and trusted God despite anything, and it was natural for him to run to God because of the time he spent in hibernation with Him, some of this concept is shown very well in the following verse
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek You; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory. Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You.” Psalm 63:1-5
Wishing you a blessed week