Where do you take refuge?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
(Psalms 9:9 (NIV))

Just how big of a trouble do you need before you tun to the Lord for strength and refuge?

Is it something major such as a serious illness or death? Perhaps it is something less serious such as a lost job. Perhaps it is something that doesn’t even effect you as directly as these, such as a slightly prodigal child.

Are you too proud to turn anything smaller than these over to God? Do you honestly think that God doesn’t want to be involved in the smaller matters of your life? What do you do with such things as rushing to work because you overslept? I am sure that we have all said things that we wish we hadn’t said. God can help in these areas, as well. He is a refuge for the oppressed no matter how big or how small the troubles that we find ourselves in.

I would venture to say that we all have people that we like to confide in when things are going less than perfect. Someone who we spill the very details of our troubles to. Why is it that we only turn to God when things are extremely bad? If you don’t believe this happens, look at the increase in church attendance right after September 11, 2001. We are a people looking for solace and comfort. Why do we only earnestly seek this comfort when things are extremely bad?

I honestly think that ego plays a huge part in this, for we all think that we can handle the small stuff, and then, before we know it, we have crossed that fine line that separates small from something we can’t or don’t want to handle. Perhaps we should simply walk with God and allow Him to be our refuge at all times. If we walk with God at all times, the troubles will not seem as big for we will have seen how He can deliver us through each and every trouble that we have had in our lives.

Don’t get me wrong. God will not keep us from the troubles, but He will walk with us through them. He will guide us through the wildernesses of life no matter how big or how small.

Have you turned your troubles over to God? ALL of them?

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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