Devotional April 20, 2017 - Finding Refuge
Judges 5 | Judges 6 | Acts 8:26-40 | Psalms 46
I hope you all are doing well. I have been dealing with a congestion and cough that has not gone away since the beginning of March. It sucks!
If you read my last post, I wrote it on the airport before taking my trip to Missouri for the weekend. The trip went extremely well. We sent a lot of support to one of our big accounts out there and they for sure felt the love. I got to soak up a bit of the city by hitting up some cultural areas and I also got to shoot some shots.
If you know me I love embracing different cultures and areas. If given the time I would probably take the whole day and just find different places to check out and shoot some shots.
Photography has been a little (expensive) hobby of mine lately. Not only do enjoy taking shots of life moments with my fabulous three, but whenever I go on trips I love capturing the best of the best that the cities offer.
I am headed to Boston, Rhode Island, New Hampshire & Connecticut next week. I am really looking forward to the trip and soaking up the cultures and areas as best as I can.
Ok, enough about me. How are you doing? How are you really doing?
I continued my Bible reading today and it lead me to Psalms 46:1-3 1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. 3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
The word refuge really stood out to me today. I looked up the definition and this is what is said. 1. A condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. 2. Something providing shelter. 3. Shelter, protection, safety, security, asylum, sanctuary.
Is God really your refuge? Is he really my refuge? This is a question that we all have to ask ourselves.
Are we truly running with our hearts and souls to Him? Our protector, our shelter, our safe haven.
Many people think of refuge as a place of protection, and it is as mentioned in the definition, but it is not just a place of protection, it is a place to rest. Finding refuge is a place where you find your peace. Where you find love, clarity, transformation and answers.
I have to admit that it is easy to run towards many other things first and push God towards the back burner. Things like significant other, education, technology, etc. Only you know what that is.
For me it is comfort. Comfort tends to be the magnet that pulls me in many times of my life. Not that comfort is a bad thing, but comfort towards “my” abilities and what “I” can do can block dependency and humbleness towards God and what He can do and wants to do.
Unfortunately some people will need to learn the difficult way when it comes to dependency and finding refuge in God.
Finding refuge in God is not just something you do or an action you take, but an attitude of your heart and mind. It is a response. It is your first response.
Let’s let our attitude and mindset be finding refuge in God. Let out lives be of total surrender.