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“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him.”
What is a refuge? We think of it as a haven, a safe place, a shelter. In our city, I have seen posters in windows of businesses telling the community that the premises are a safe place for those who need to escape violence. Our homes act as a shelter from the problems of the world.
We consider God to be a protector from hurt and harm. Are we ever out of His presence? Are we ever out of His protection?
In the Old Testament, Jacob wrestles with an angel of God. When he slept, he dreamed of a stairway leading up to heaven. The next morning, he said, “Surely, the LORD was in this place and I was not aware of it.” (Genesis 28:16) We are never out of His presence, therefore, we are never out of his protection.
How can we be more mindful of God’s protection? Can we pray on a daily basis? The Apostle Paul tells us to ‘Pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Can we witness more freely? Paul also tells us to do all we do as if we do it so the LORD will be glorified. “So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”(1Corinthians 10:31)
We have so much to learn and share about the LORD.
Dear Father God: We thank you for Who You are. We appreciate your watch-care over us and our loved ones. Instruct us in how to pray more effectively and how to witness for You. We ask these things out of Your grace for us. We will give You all the praise. In the Name of Jesus, we pray. AMEN.