7.21.2011

Devotional_Thoughts

Our Blessed Shelter

"God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

There are times in life when control seems beyond our reach. The storms of life can be frequent and severe. Addictions, bad habits, patterns of sin and destruction plague many people in our modern world. Whether at an individual, family, state, or national level, there is trouble enough to go around. At times it seems that our world is spinning out of control. Where do you go when the bottom drops out? Have you found yourself asking, "Where was God when....?" Well, friend, you are not alone. Many people every day question how our world can be so full of trouble when the Bible clearly states that God is in control of all things, and that He is a loving God who desires good for all. There was an article in USA Today (7/20/2011) saying that a federal judge in Cross City, FL, ruled that a granite monument of the Ten Commandments in Dixie County must be removed because it violates the Constitution. We, as a nation, are doing away with any and all reference to the Almighty God. Is it any wonder we are experiencing trouble? The Bible says, "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." (Galatians 6:7) That truth applies at all levels of humanity, starting with the individual and going to the highest government level.

But let me assure you that God is in control, and His promises are sure and true! The promise we are focusing in on is refuge. God's promise to us is that He will be our refuge, our shelter, our hope and strength in troubled times. We do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. Our delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law we meditate day and night. Psalm 94:22 says, "But the Lord has been my defense, and my God, the rock of my refuge." There is no rock, there is no God like ours! Psalm 142:5 says, "I cried out to you, O Lord, I said 'You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living." Jesus is the Rock of our salvation, our shelter from the storms of life. Hebrews 6:18 says, "We...who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us." So here's the question, "Have you fled to Him for refuge?" Or are you standing with the majority saying, "remove Him from our courts, our schools, our public places, remove His name and any mention of Him from the public sector." The time is coming when we will be forced to remain silent or face retribution from a God hating world. I know these are strong words, but the Word, the Bible, testifies to the truth of the times we live in. Kind David said "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me." David understood and believed in the true meaning of refuge in God. So did the Apostle Paul, Peter, and every other true believer in Jesus that has ever walked this earth. Do you believe it?

Prayer for the day: "Give us the spiritual fortitude to trust in You at all times, to pour out our hearts before You, and to make You our refuge, now and always" In Jesus Name, Amen

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