March 14, 2009
Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8
A few years ago, Pam and I went house hunting with a friend.
It really was quite an experience as we shuttled from one neighborhood to another. Most of the houses were beautiful, having just about every amenity the heart could desire. As we made our rounds, I noticed many of the upscale homes prominently displayed the names of security agencies responsible for their protection.
Although I didn't talk with any of the owners, I'm sure they all hoped the official notice their home was wired to prevent break-ins might discourage would-be burglars.
Although I may have been blinded by good-old-day-itis, I found myself bemoaning the fact we have to pay for security we once took for granted. Without having done a study, I'm still not afraid to say it doesn't make much difference where you live, people feel insecure.
This leads me to ask, "Is your life filled with fear?" It makes little difference if your fear is reasonable and rational or if it is imaginary and invented. Either way, you are concerned about the things that can blindside you, that can turn your life topsy-turvy.
If I have accurately described your situation, a bit of advice and encouragement from King David might be in order. Long ago he said, "Trust in Him (the Lord) at all times . . . God is a refuge for us."
I like those words "at all times." By the Holy Spirit's direction David wanted His people to know there is nothing -- did you hear that - nothing the Lord cannot handle. The Lord who created the universe with a word, who sent His Son to defeat sin, death, and the devil to win our salvation is a caring God of grace who can handle our worries, our fears, and all the dangers that threaten -- real or imagined.
In everything, the Lord remains our refuge.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Father, I don't know what tomorrow will bring; I don't know what dangers are around me now. In my helplessness, I come to You, praying that You will be my refuge against all enemies of body and soul. In the Name of my Savior, I pray it. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
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