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God is our refuge

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In 1 Samuel 30, David and his men returned to Ziklag after being with the Philistines for a time.  Upon their return, they discovered that the Amalekites had attacked Ziklag while David and his men were gone and had taken the women and children captive, including David’s two wives, Abigail and Ahinoam.  The city had been burned.  David was distressed at the loss of the city and the wives who had been taken captive and the people spoke of stoning him.

During this difficult time, David could have blamed God for this trouble and turned away from following Him.  He might have accused God of being vengeful and wanting to punish him.  But instead, it’s recorded that David strengthened himself in the Lord, his God, recognizing where he needed to turn in times of distress.  He knew that God was his refuge and strength.

In Psalm 46, the psalmist declares:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."

Probably none of us have had our family taken captive by an enemy and our city burned.  Probably none of us have been threatened with stoning.  Nevertheless, we become distressed over other things.  Maybe it’s ill health or loss of job or a difficult marriage or no marriage or broken family relationships or maybe even failure to overcome sin in our lives.

The scripture above tells us where to go with distress and discouragement.  The Spirit within us is our Comforter.  The Word He inspired gives us encouragement.  Knowing our great God is in control of our circumstances and is never confused will lift our spirits as we trust Him. David drew his strength from his God.  We can too.

In 1 Cor 10, Paul admonishes us to take heed when we think we stand, lest we fall.  He goes on to remind us that God is faithful to make a way of escape from temptation that we may be able to bear it.  At first glance, the last passage might seem to be on a different subject; dealing with temptation vs finding a refuge in trouble in the first two passages.   But, as we all know, facing temptation in any form is troubling for a Christian and a refuge must be found or we will fall into sin.  We also struggle with faith at times during seasons of trouble.  The way of escape that our faithful God has provided, either from temptation or trouble, is Himself, our refuge and strength in the face of whatever is challenging us.  May He cause us to be encouraged and strengthened in Him and His goodness when trouble or temptation comes so that we are able to escape to our refuge.  May we remind ourselves today that the way of escape is not in our own strength, but in our refuge, our Almighty God.

Dale

 

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Larry Dean

Yes, yes, yes.  Amen!  Thanks, Dale.

Donna Dean

Amen!

Mary Leadbetter

Amen!


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