Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5
There thousands of manuscripts of different ancient Greek stories or some other foreign writing out in circulation. With each of the translations there are many different differences of opinion as to what was originally said. There are many faults in the what was written.
There are also thousands of books that have been written giving information on how to do something. In most of these books there can be faults as to what was written. It can also be found that many different books deny the ‘facts’ in other books. Truth is hard to come by.
The writer of this proverbs knows that the word of God is perfect with no flaws in it. One can hold on to it and be protected by God.
God has allowed His word to be written down so that people can know what He has said and what He desires. These words that He has said are perfect words that work for every person. God has worked out all of the details in His word to a point of perfection.
Reading and listening to His word gives a person everything that they need to know in how to live on this earth and prepare for eternity. It reveals who God is.
When a person holds onto His word and follows it, God will be a shield around the person. The person is taking up his refuge in God and His word, not in the temporary things of this world.
Having God’s word in one’s life brings about a peace and comfort of His security and love. Without His word, there is no hope in this life, it is eat, live, die.
Throughout your life you will have many situations to deal with. Go to God’s word to seek how to deal with them. Hold on to His promises that He has for you. Know the hope you have in Jesus Christ, knowing that all this life will end some day and you will have eternity in heaven.
You can trust God’s word to you. It will never fail you. God will never fail you. Instead of holding on to the things of this world that will fade away and fail, hold onto His word.
God will hold on to and protect you when you hold to and follow His word for your life.
I pray today that you will know God’s word to you; that you will trust God’s word; that you will know the security in God’s word; and that you will know the truth in God’s word.
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. Psalm 91:9-10
Every person has a dream to be able to live with never having to fear harm or disaster. There are daily fears of harm for many people. They live in areas that people are under war and there is a daily threat of death. Others see and expect disaster on a regular basis.
Houses are covered with alarm systems to warn of any possible danger. People stock up on food and clothing to be covered in times of disaster. Fear runs high among people that they will not be able to survive a possible disaster that is coming.
The author of this psalm states that all one has to do is make God his refuge and he will never experience harm or disaster.
It does not take much for most people to look at these verses and question it. There are many people who have trusted in God and yet went through major problems or disasters in their life.
The challenge is in what is meant by disaster or harm. For most people if anything goes wrong in any way, it is disaster or harm.
While things happening like this may be painful, they are not real disasters or real harms. It is all a matter of perspective.
As a believer, one is under the protection of God. Under God’s protection nothing can happen that is not without purpose. God allows things to strengthen or change a believer, always with the purpose of building him up and bringing him closer to the image of Jesus.
With this in mind, nothing is really a disaster or harmful. Everything is a construction tool to build the believer up.
Think about what you believe is real disaster or harmful to you. The only things that are truly a disaster or harmful are those things that draw you away from God.
If you have your focus on God and make Him your refuge, your dwelling place, you will remain with Him. While you are with God, you are under His protection and control. You are to become more of what He wants you to become and less of what the world wants you to be.
Now you can see that what Satan has meant for harm, God uses for your good. No longer will harm or disaster overtake you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will dwell with God always; that you will trust His guidance in your life; and that God will show how He uses everything for your good.
But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds. Psalm 73:28
Searching for a home to live in can be difficult for many people, especially when moving into a new area. One does not know the new city and what different areas of the city is like. Some of the areas are high-end with great security, but high cost. Others are low-cost, but with a lot of crime.
Finding the right place is challenging and scary. One does not want to make the wrong choice.
Along with finding the place to live, people are also searching for their place and purpose in this world. Many go through life constantly struggling to find where they should be and why they should be there. Most of what people are looking at are temporary fixes.
Asaph states that for himself it is good to be near God. He had chosen to make God his refuge, his place of dwelling.
God is the one who has created everything and is in control of everything. He is the one who gives meaning and purpose to everything and everyone. He is the one who gives true life to every person.
Those who believe in God, need to allow themselves to dwell near Him. In order to be near God one has to turn away from sin and turn towards Him. God will not turn anyone away who comes to Him, but one must come to Him.
This is a conscience choice upon the individual as to where he will dwell.
Often a person chooses to walk away from God and step into sin. This is stepping out from God’s protection and refuge.
Being near God gives one His protection and favor. It gives one a life that is full of purpose and full of life.
As you draw near to God, He will draw near to you. He will never turn you away. Find out why it is good to be near God by making Him your refuge.
God is on your side when you are on and by His side. Stay near to Him by staying in His word and talking to Him daily. Do not turn away to the temporary things of this world, but live with eternity in the front of your mind and actions.
Where you are today?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will stay close to God; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will find refuge in God alone; and that you will know the full life God has for you.