To say the world can be a mess is not an understatement. Life is lived at such a fast pace, you may have gone to bed last night feeling overwhelmed and got up this morning still in a daze.
When you’re seeking a refuge of safety and rest, Psalm 91 is a wonderful passage of Scripture:
He who takes refuge in the shelter of the Most High
will be safe in the shadow of the Almighty.
He will say to the Eternal, “My shelter, my mighty fortress,
my God, I place all my trust in You.”
Like a bird protecting its young, God will cover you with His feathers, He will protect you under His great wings; His faithfulness will form a shield around you, a rock-solid wall to protect you.
You only have to look at the pages of Scripture to find examples of God intervening in the lives of His children. Joseph, as an example, lived through a series of hardships and trials. At the end of his life he said people had planned things for evil, but God had planned them for good.
Like Joseph, you need to take an eternal perspective on life. The weight of the present heartache or trial can skew your perspective on the future; however, when you look from the present back through history, you can often see how your life has been more than just the victim of circumstances.
Benefit from the opportunity that you have. Don’t refuse the refuge–find comfort in the shelter of God.
In a recent article by Charles Krauthammer, he examined the presidential contenders and their chances of winning the nomination. According to Krauthammer:
- The solid, but no sizzle Jeb Bush has a 25% chance of winning.
- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker also has a 25% of winning.
- Because Marco Rubio has a proven track record in foreign affairs he has a 35% chance of winning.
- The rest of the 15% is spread among the remaining wannabes.
Regardless of Krauthammer’s prognostication of the presidential odds, it’s a sure bet these contenders will never make mole hills out of the mountains of problems they face unless they get down on their knees in prayer.
When it comes to the subject of prayer and power, 2C714 is much more explosive than C4:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, search for me, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear their prayer from heaven, forgive their sins and heal their country.” ~2 Chronicles 7:14 (2C714)
Think about the words of Solomon and then compare them to the climate in which you live: “Righteousness lifts up a nation, but sin is a disgrace in any society (Proverbs 14:34).”
Isn’t it time that we as a nation turn away from sin and turn our voices up in prayer to God?
When David wrote Psalm 62, he was in a desperate situation. Men, who were full of evil, were scheming against David, and even threatening to kill him.
David did what he usually did when he found himself in dire straits, he looked to God for help. Psalm 62:7-8, gives you a glimpse into the mind of this troubled king, and reveals his concept of God:
In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.
Notice the first word in each of the last three lines:
- Trust: You are to trust God in the good times as well as the bad.
- Pour: Instead of trying to fight your battles by yourself, confide in God and pour your heart out to Him in prayer.
- God: To really comprehend this verse, you need to make four sentences out of it, and contemplate each one of them:
- God (Creator of Heaven and Earth)
- God is (Not was; He is a present tense God)
- God is a refuge (Fortress and place of safety)
- God is a refuge for us. The Creator of all is always present as a fortress to meet your personal needs)
Celebrate the goodness of God today and praise Him because He is your salvation and your glory; the rock of your strength, and He is your refuge.