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.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3
Physical storms occur in this life on this earth all the time. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and more. Each one is large and can be extremely devastating. Most people will fear these storms because of the disaster that they can bring.
There are also non-physical storms that occur in the lives of people all the time. Divorce, violence, loss of health, death, rejections, hatred, and more. Each of these are just as devastating as a physical storm can be. And in the same way, many people fear these storms of life.
The sons of Korah remind the people that God is their refuge and strength and is always there to help. Since God is always there to help, no one has to be afraid in any storm.
When a believer has his eyes and mind focused on God, he begins to know who God is and what God is like. He learns the character of God is love, perfect love. He also learns that God is in control at all times.
Knowing this helps a person realize that nothing can happen that is outside of His will and desire. And God does not allow anything to happen that is not for the best interest of the believer.
In having this knowledge, one can have zero fear in the midst of a storm. There is no storm so big that God cannot bring a person through it. Jesus calmed the storm on the lake with just three simple words. He can do more in the life of a believer.
God is there to help you at all times. He is never so busy that He cannot help you out while you are in a storm.
Get to know God’s great love for you and realize that He is really in control of everything. With knowing these two things, you will have no reason to fear when your world comes crumbling down around you in a hurricane.
There is absolutely no reason to fear, because God’s got this. He is there for you, to build you up, not destroy you.
Hold on to God, trusting Him and see what He can and will do in the storms in your life.
I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God is there to help you; and that you will trust God in every storm.