I love lighthouses. I love their shapes and colors and what they represent. They provide a guiding light to the safe haven of the shore. They are constructed to withstand the storms and waves that beat upon them. Ships at sea can depend upon the beacon of the lighthouse to direct them home. They are a refuge.
I’m prompted to evaluate my own life and ask myself a few questions:
Who or in what am I relying upon?
Where do I run for refuge?
Who or in what am I trusting?
Is my reliance upon God alone or in other things?
Is God my refuge? Does He direct, control and suggest the activities of my day?
What about you? Where do you find refuge in times of trouble? What or who is guiding your journey through this day and in this life?
But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them shout for joy forever. May You shelter them,and may those who love Your name boast about You. —Psalm 5:11 (HCSB)
Because joy is found in God’s presence, it is a place of refuge and protection, of peace, comfort, hope, and strength.
Those who trust in your name will rejoice and never shaken. —Psalm 9:10
In Him our hearts rejoice for we trust in His holy name. —Psalm 33:21
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. —Proverbs 3:5-6
Did you notice the repeated word in each of those verses? Trust! Here’s a definition for the word in the original language:
trust – ḇâṭaḥ – to hie for refuge; to trust in, to have confidence, to be bold, to be secure, to feel safe.
We find joy when we trust in God —who He is and what He has done. Trust is simply taking God at His Word, acknowledging who He is and stepping out in faith. We can’t always see the shore. We don’t always know the details of the plan. 1 Peter 1:6-9 acknowledges the fact that we will have trouble in this life. We will face various trials and our lives will be shaken at times. But it goes on to tells us that “even though” we can’t see and know all the details or even the outcome of our situation, we can experience inexpressible joy.
Often the uncertainties in life can cause us to look at life from the perspective of “what if” or “if only” and neither of these will bring us joy and peace. Neither of these are a refuge for our weary hearts and souls. 1 Peter 1:8 tells us we experience inexpressible joy as we love and believe (trust) God regardless of the circumstance or feeling of the moment. And loving and believing God in the midst of the uncertainty will cause us to leap and dance with a gladness, delight and pleasure that is inexpressible. Our rejoicing is full of glory, meaning it brings glory to God.
Too often our tendency is to seek refuge in things other than the presence of God and His Word. God calls us to “take refuge” in Him. I know…I can hear the “but” questions rumbling in your head…
But what about when I am stressed? Take Refuge!
But what about when I can’t pay my bills? Take Refuge!
But what about when I am facing a battle and have no strength left? Take Refuge!
But what about when I see wrong/evil prevailing? Take Refuge!
But what about when my marriage is in trouble? Take Refuge!
But what about when my children won’t obey, make wrong choices, etc…? Take Refuge!
But what about when my health is failing? Take Refuge!
But what about that trial or difficulty to which I see no end?! Take Refuge!
But what about when I have a decision to make and no answers? Take Refuge!
Praise Him today as the refuge to which you can always run to and rejoice in!
Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation. —Psalm 90:1 (HCSB)
Spend some time reflecting on the verses from today and on the fact that God is a refuge you can trust and His presence brings joy! Praise Him today as the refuge to which you can always run and rejoice in!
It’s my prayer that through this series we will, “from the rising of the sun to its setting”, focus on and praise our amazing God! We’ll take the Word for the day and think about it, ponder it, pray it and practice it. We’ll allow it to really SOAK into our hearts and lives. And then we’ll SHINE — boast, rave, praise and celebrate God’s presence in our lives, reflecting Jesus to those around us.
©2014 Susan Cady, susancady.com