Is God Your Refuge?

Ps 40:16; (Amplified Version) Let all those that seek and require You rejoice and be glad in YOU: let such as love Your salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified! [As for me] I am poor and needy; yet the Lord takes deliberate thought and plans for me; thou my help and my deliverer; make no delay, O my God.

Poor and needy here is a place that weve all come to some time or other. Poor not in the sense of having little money, but poor in the sense of being depressed because of being afflicted. When everything is weighing heavily on us.

Needy as in feeling destitute and desperate to have someone acknowledge that your there and accepted wanting attention. I like that word require that the amplified uses. Because it says to me that in order for me to be comforted, to be at peace, to feel security, my spirit requires the Lord and nothing else will bring satisfaction.

Sometimes when going thru difficult circumstances it feels like God is no where to be found. The Psalmist in 77:7-9; expresses deeply how Ive felt on occasion. God have you cast me off and abandoned me, Im all alone here! Help God! Get me out of this mess Im in! Do Your promises no longer apply to me? God are You mad at me? Im sorry Lord, what can I do to make it right?

Have you ever felt somewhat this way? God wants us to trust in Him through the bad times as well as the good. Its easy to feel like God loves us when things are going right; easy because we dont rely on faith when were at ease. It takes faith that only God  gives for us to trust in Him through the hard times, dark times, drought times, fiery times.   He wants to be a refuge, for us in times of trouble.

What do you turn to when times are rough. What do you turn to when you want to feel comforted? To feel secure? To feel justified? How often have you let sin be that which  you run to as a refuge instead of making God your refuge?

Did you know that you can take something that is good and because you turn to it instead of God, that it becomes sin, or an idol? Faith at times can be illusive, I say this because sometimes we get off course and dont even realize it until we find ourselves in difficult situations, and realize that weve been trusting in our own strength or even in the strength of others. Or in something else to sooth our feathers and calm our fears.

When you look at it like this it is easier to understand how someone can become a drug addict or an alcoholic. You realize how easy it is to become addicted to whatever it is that brings comfort to our souls.

1 Pet 5:7; (Amplified version) Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all you worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares affectionately, passionately and watchfully for you.

Father I pray that today You will be my refuge that you will gather me under the shadow of your wings and hide me Lord. I pray Lord that I will rest in You and find security in knowing that You care about me and are training me up to be victorious. Thank You Lord for showing me Your truths and making my path straight.

In His Love, Karen Trevino

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