I trust everyone has safe traveling this holiday season. Enjoy your family and friends.
I am praying 2020 will be a year of great changes and wonderful opportunities. With God revealing His hand in so many areas of your life.
I share this with you from a devotional I have been using of late.
He Is Our Refuge
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall and like the heat of the desert. You silenced the uproar of foreigners; as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is stilled. (Isaiah 25:4–5)
God is a refuge. He is a shelter, a safe place where we can rest even when things around us are terrifying. God not only understands our circumstances, but he also protects us when we are out of strength. While our lives may feel like they are spinning out of control, “Under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (Psalm 91:4).
When you feel like no one understands you, when you’re afraid, discouraged, anxious, or desperate, when you want to run away or harm yourself, pray with the psalmist, “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed” (Psalm 57:1).
We can bring our mess, our broken pieces, and our out-of-control life to God. He can put us together. We don’t have to fix ourselves before we go to God. We rest—alone and with others—when we read the Bible, when we pour out our heart in prayer, when we talk about God’s promises and great deeds. Our rest comes from God, our refuge.
God says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). How can you be still and rest in God as your refuge today? Try turning off your phone, computer, or any distractions for a while. Find a way to be still. Go for a walk and let your mind be still or find a cozy spot to close your eyes and think about the verses you’ve read. Ask another Christian to tell you about a time God was their refuge. Be still and think about the words in a song or Bible reading during church. Take time to pray and rest so God can calm your fears. Be still and know that he is God. ( Shilo Taylor, A Brand New 40 Day Guide )
I Trust You Will Find Rest And Refuge In Him This Holiday Season. Abiding In His Grace, His Love And Those You Share Your Holiday With This Week.
In His Grace,
Reverend Patrick Vossen,