God is My Shelter
Verses 9-10 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
Yesterday we were talking about how Jesus was surrendered to the end. We know that His crucifixion was not an easy experience but we are safe from troubles, right?
There are those who falsely believe that once we surrender to Christ that life will be all easy and trouble free. Some even use the passage before us today as if it were some special formula to keep us from facing troubles. The truth is that this passage should remind us that we are in a fallen world and will face trials. The difference between the average man and a Christian is that we aren’t alone and so our response should show that we know God is faithful.
Jesus experienced something we don’t have to, separation from God. This life isn’t about being happy and enjoying everything we can. Our key verses today point out two important things that we must remember – we must claim God as our refuge and we won’t be overtaken.
To claim God as our refuge is more than just saying that He is our refuge. The psalmist knew that saying it meant nothing if he didn’t act like he knew it to be a fact. It is easy to claim that we have a refuge but without actually taking refuge in Him we are still in the danger zone. Just as saying you have a basement to go to during a tornado does you no good unless you actually take the action to get there before the storm hits. If we aren’t taking refuge in God before the trials of life come on us we won’t be finding the security in Him that we long to find.
Being overtaken by trials in life seems like the easiest slope to slip down. They are upon us before we realize what is happening. They come up at a routine doctor’s visit or from a phone call with a friend. They blindside us and we are completely shaken. Taking refuge in God doesn’t keep these trials from coming, but it gives us Someone to hold to through the trial.
Jesus knew that He was fulfilling God’s will through this horrible experience and His choice was holding to the knowledge that God is faithful and in full control. When we remember these truths, we will learn to surrender to God and bring Him glory as we hold to Him through our trials.
Making It Personal
Have you ever felt like God deserted you when you needed Him most? Could the truth of it be that you weren’t holding tight to Him prior to the trial? What steps of surrender do you need to take today?
Making It Personal Kids
What is a refuge? What are ways that we can take shelter in Jesus? Do we need to just hold close to Jesus when things are tough or all the time?
Father, thank You for being our refuge. Help us to take shelter in You at all times, the good and the bad. In Jesus’ name, amen.