Naomi Kee - Visiting Worker to Maroota - 2012

Hymn 409, Alone With God

Yesterday, when preparing for this meeting, I had an earnest plea in my heart that the Lord would help me to enter into the sanctuary again. Exodus 25:8, “And let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.”  I love to read of all that was overlaid with pure gold. Right from the beginning, God had it in His heart to commune with His creation, and it is still the Lord’s desire to commune with us.

Leviticus 16:2, "Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat. Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering.” Aaron’s sons had displeased the Lord. From that time on, Aaron, the high priest, was not permitted to go into the most holy place all the time, but God permitted him to enter there only once a year. Verse 34, “And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year.”

We read of all the preparation needed before Aaron could make an offering for himself and for the people. Verse 12, “And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the Lord, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the veil.” God wanted Aaron to understand what a privilege it was to enter into the holy place. Sweet incense speaks of earnest prayer. Aaron was so careful to cleanse himself and to go in with his hands full of sweet incense, such earnest prayer that God would accept him. When I think of the holy place where God wants to commune with His people, I think of the price Jesus paid.

Matthew 27, Jesus was nailed to the cross, knowing even greater pain in being separated from His Father. Verse 46, “'My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?' . . Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.” Jesus paid the price when He poured out His blood and God Himself rent the veil from top to bottom. God’s hands took away that veil so we mere mortals can have the privilege of entering into the most holy place.

Yesterday, I felt so deeply thankful that the holiest is open now. But I realized that another veil prevents me from entering in. It is the veil of my own will and my own thoughts, and it is there to prevent me entering in. We can pray to God to help us enter in beyond that veil. God wants to get us in tune with heaven, to see things from heaven’s viewpoint. He wants us to see that our will and our plans have little value in the light of eternity. In the holy place, we see the King in all His beauty and I am so thankful that He wants to speak with us.

In that holy place, we get a glimpse of the slain lamb and it breaks down all our pride. We get a glimpse of our Master and His deep love and it helps us to see others in their need. I feel thankful to take a walk around Zion and look on others with love and understanding. That is what God wants to do for us in the most holy place. We can let down our burden in that holy place; we can trust Him and leave it there. Many times I have come to the place of prayer with my burden and have got up from my knees still burdened, because I haven’t really penetrated the veil of my own thoughts. He understands all things and we can walk away and leave our burden there.

In prayer, we can bring to Him the care of our loved ones. I am thankful in that most holy place to feel the spirit of submission that reigns, and that it can break down all the resistance in us. May God just help us to persevere and break through to that holy place. Matthew 20:4, “Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you.” Verse 11, “And when they had received it, they murmured . . Saying, 'These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.'” I love to remember that all God has spent for us is right, everything that is in His will and everything He has measured out to us is right. I am thankful that in His most holy presence, every murmur melts away and we see that His will is right.

In the most holy place, we can trust the future into God’s hands; not only the distant future, but also the immediate future. I am thankful that God has already made His plans for days that are before us; He has taken care of all the details and we can safely leave it in His hands. It is the greatest privilege we mere mortals can have that the holiest of all is open and we can enter in. There, in the holy place, the cup of mixture is the cup that He has planned and we can safely drink it. May God help us to persevere in prayer, to pray again and again for His help to get beyond the veil of our own will and thoughts and plans. It is worth all the effort. I am so thankful for the wonderful privilege that is ours to enter into the holiest of all. May God help us not to drift through life and miss it.