Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Hide thyself by the brook Cherith” (1 Kings 17:3).
God’s servants must be taught the value of the hidden life. The man who is to take a high place before his fellows must take a low place before his God. We must not be surprised if sometimes our Father says: “There, child, thou hast had enough of this hurry, and publicity, and excitement; get thee hence, and hide thyself by the brook–hide thyself in the Cherith of the sick chamber, or in the Cherith of bereavement, or in some solitude from which the crowds have ebbed away.”
Happy is he who can reply, “This Thy will is also mine; I flee unto Thee to hide me. Hide me in the secret of Thy tabernacle, and beneath the covert of Thy wings!” Or, will you say “Hide me in the cleft of the Rock?”
Every saintly soul that would wield great power with men must win it in some hidden Cherith. The acquisition of spiritual power is impossible, unless we can hide ourselves from men and from ourselves in some deep gorge where we may absorb the power of the eternal God; as vegetation through long ages absorbed these qualities of sunshine, which it now gives back through burning coal.
Brethren you had your Cherith, in which he spent days in prayer, mourning, fasting, and devotion. Many had it–who thought the day ill spent which did not witness hours of closet communion. We had it in the woods and hills of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. There are some who still take the journey for a closer walk and communion with their God.
Or, passing back to the blessed age from which we date the centuries: Patmos, the seclusion of the Roman prisons, the Arabian desert, the hills and vales of Palestine, are forever memorable as the Cheriths of those who have made our modern world.
Our Lord found His Cherith at Nazareth, and in the wilderness of Judea; amid the olives of Bethany, and the solitude of Gadara. None of us, therefore, can dispense with some Cherith where the sounds of human voices are exchanged for the waters of quietness which are fed from the throne; and where we may taste the sweets and imbibe the power of a life hidden with Christ.
Brethren, they did it in times past and today is your moment and time. Yes in solitude and away from the public we labour in prayer and fasting for a closer walk with God. When was the last time you took off from your schedule to have that sweet communion with God. May be this is your time and God is calling you to your Cherith.
C0-Founder of The Mystical Order