A refuge is a place where you run and hide when troubles get to be too much. Like a cleft in the rock, it covers and protects us. We need that when the storms of life come. But notice: God does not provide a refuge for us; He is our refuge. If the enemy of our souls is distracting you, tempting you, discouraging you, look to God to shelter you with His wings. Do you need someone to protect and hold you close at this moment in your life? He is there right when you need Him. You are safe with Him. Do not fear! But the Lord will be a refuge for His people…Joel 3:16
Prayer: God, You said You’d be my refuge!” I thank You for being there for me. I have no one else to turn to. I know You are my very present help in time of need. I trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
God’s Word tells us in Lamentations 3:22-23, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His mercies fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The enemy would have us believe that we have messed up so badly that we are bound to live in defeat; that we have failed too many times and God is angry at us. But God’s Word says that He loves me and forgives me and understands that I am weak and is willing to help me. Isn’t God amazing? He gives us a fresh start every day. How can we be defeated, then? How can one be discouraged with His unfailing love surrounding us? How can we be sad and hopeless when we serve the greatest God in the universe?
Most of us think of David as the shepherd boy who slew Goliath. We also remember the dark side of his life, the great sin he committed with Bathsheba. What we don’t realize is that David was very much a human being like us. He made many blunders just like we do and suffered loses that words cannot describe and was under great emotional strain. “But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”(1 Samuel 30:6) This is one of the most wonderful statements ever made. There are times in our lives when we find ourselves in dark places, like David, the situation looks hopeless. What should we do? Be discouraged? Give up? If we are children of God, we will encourage ourselves in the Lord. Sometimes the Lord puts us in such a spot so we will turn to Him. He wants to make Himself real to us. Turn to Him and be encouraged. He will strengthen you and help you.
‘The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.’The Lord is your Rock – the firm place on which you can stand.The Lord is your Fortress – the safe place where you can feel secure.The Lord is your Deliverer – the One who rescues you from trouble.He is all you need. Find your strength and security in Him.
PRAYER: Lord, You are my Rock, You are my Fortress and You are my Deliverer. I will trust and not be afraid. I will abide in Your peace and not be impatient. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Who is like the LORD our God, the One enthroned on high? He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the dump to seat them with nobles, with the princes of His people. He settles the barren woman in her home, as a joyful mother to her children. Hallelujah! Psalm 113:4-9 No matter what you are going through today, God says, your future is going to be good. Maybe, you seated in a dump, in ash-heap, it doesn’t matter. Don’t despair! God says He will stoop down and look on you with compassion. He will raise you up, He will give you a future that you cannot imagine. What is too hard for the Lord? You hope in Him will be richly rewarded.
Moses was dead. Joshua’s mentor for more than 40 years was no more. Joshua had to take up his responsibilities as leader of God’s people. It would be lonely and difficult. The Lord showed Joshua that his future and success did not depend on Moses. The man of God was dead, but the Lord Himself remained very near. God promised Joshua, “…as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.” Joshua 1:5 When you are lonely and discouraged, you are not alone. When you feel afraid, God is near. When the task ahead seems impossible, divine power will strengthen you. When you wonder what to do next, God’s Word will nourish and guide you. Jesus says, "Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
The LORD is my Shepherd. Psalm 23:1
The LORD is my Shepherd; therefore, I shall lack nothing, because I have the best possible shepherd taking care of me. He leads and feeds me, guards and guides us. Our Shepherd is good and gracious to us forever. It is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for His sheep. With our Good Shepherd beside us, we have no evil to fear. He watches over us and keeps us from being destroyed by ravenous beasts. And Because He is our Shepherd we have every good to look forward to! Hallelujah!
Jesus is the Great Shepherd who feeds us, carries us and leads us into green pastures. If you struggle feeling God’s nearness, I’d encourage you to meditate on this Scripture and picture yourself as a little lamb needing to be picked up. God uses many illustrations throughout the Bible to help us comprehend how He feels about us
A little lamb is helpless, defenseless and completely dependent on its shepherd, just like we are! I pray that God will give each one of us the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation today (Ephesians 1:17) in greater measure so that we will really know that our God and Father carries us in His arms, close to His heart just like a shepherd carries a little lamb.
When you have truly come to the place where you feel tired of waiting on God, hearing words like “Your time will come” does little to help. You don’t quite want to hear how someone else waited for 20 or 30 years before their blessing came. Especially when you need God to move now and it seems like He is doing nothing. You get tired of crying, you get tired of praying and waiting on God. I believe this is how the psalmist felt in Psalm 43:1 when he cried out: “God, where are You when the wicked surround me?” He did not know how or when God would deliver him. He was depressed. He was tired. In spite of all of this he said “I will still hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God. God is faithful, He has helped every single person in the Bible, He will help you too.
Here’s hope from God’s Word, if you find yourself discouraged, struggling, or weary:
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalm 121:1-3 When we look around we get anxious and fearful, but when we lift our eyes to the Maker, He won’t allow us to fall. We may find ourselves on slippery slopes, but the God who knows all, knows our way. And even when we stumble, He will keep our footsteps firm. For if He made all of heaven and earth, surely He has an incredible plan, for you and for me.