Thursday, December 10, 2009

Where Can I Go To Escape My Problems? Psalm 9:9, 10.

These are troublesome times. We face myriad dilemmas ranging from finances, health, bereavement, ageing, and inner peace. Where can we find shelter?

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you. For you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:9, 10. NIV.
We think of a “refuge” as a place where the boundaries are walls that keep out danger, like a wildlife refuge where hunters are not allowed. The word “stronghold” brings up a picture of a fortress with thick and high walls where you are safe inside.

To know someone’s name is to have familiarity with them, even privilege. If I know your name I can call it in a crowd and you alone will turn and look. To know God’s name is to have a relationship with God. This is His purpose in creating us, and in relationship we find refuge.

God wants us to seek Him. To seek something is to search, and look with all our mind and energy focused on finding the thing; it is more than reading an article, or saying an occasional prayer, or attending a meeting once in a while. To seek the Lord is an ongoing thing, it is a daily discipline that may include meditation, prayer, community, and scripture study.

When believers suffer you may ask, "Has the Lord forsaken them?" A refuge is not an off switch. A ship that comes to a harbor does not make the storm end, it continues but the ship finds safety in the harbor. We who believe in God still have troubles, but in the troubles we have a haven and a stronghold.

Whatever refuge you need, be it a shelter an asylum, or a harbor, God offers these, and He is these things. When you put your heart and life in The Almighty's hands you find shelter for your deepest self. When the Lord is your shelter you come to know him as you would never before. Perhaps this is the reason we have troubles- because they drive us back to our Creator and God.

To learn more about how to find eternal shelter for your soul see my other blog.
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