The Lord Is Our Refuge

Our storms in life will come and go, and some are stronger than others. God never promised a life free of storms, but he did promise to be with us and bring us through them if we believe in Him. Through these difficult times and anytime, the Bible provides us guidance to get through any storm that comes our way.

I think of this virus and how we are all going through this together. And even though we are going through this together, our circumstances are different. Some of us are working and some are not. Some have kept their job and some need a new one. It’s in times like these we must trust in God whatever the circumstance is. That is why we must get through this storm and help others through this as well.

This reminds me of Paul, who is writing a letter to the church even though he is in prison. “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14) I think of Paul being direct and strong in his words, yet humble. Even in chains, he encourages everyone to fix their attention on God and all His promises. Paul reminds us to press on toward the goal which is Jesus. We do that by following Jesus because He took hold of us. God gives us the strength and the courage to keep going, and He is our refuge.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

That Scripture is beautiful because I know the Lord is near and my prayers are heard. We are blessed by the guidance of the Holy Spirit that brings us through our circumstances. Paul knew what his circumstances were and he learned to be content in each situation that was thrown at him. More importantly, he knew who gave him strength and he kept his focus on God. And through it all, he continued to preach the gospel and rejoiced in it.

Of course our circumstances are not like Paul’s, but our interests are the same in knowing and loving God who brings us through all struggles. Paul had his own struggles in the book of Acts when he was against God and destroying the church. Paul now offers all of us encouragement in the name of Christ, who became fully God and fully human and obedient to death.

We will have storms and we will struggle through them, but we also know that we have an all powerful God who gives us strength through it all. Our God is not only with us, but He is our Refuge.

Be safe, stay healthy and God Bless

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