Nahum 1:7 A Safe Refuge

Safe place in mountains

The Lord is good, a refuge inn times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him, Nahum 1:7 

Throughout a person’s lifetime one will have times when he needs a safe place to retreat to. Children often have a place in their room or yard that they will go to when they are scared, or often they will run to their parent’s room for comfort.

Adults often turn to entertainment, drugs, alcohol, porn, food, or some activity when they are faced with times of trouble. They seek to be able to get away from the trouble, rather than face it.

Nahum tells the people that God is always good and is a safe refuge for in times of trouble. Nineveh had been coming against the people of Israel causing great trouble for them.

Every person will go through times of trouble and hardship. As they go through it most will seek ways of relief and comfort from the troubles. The ways most people seek relief are the ways of the world, which are temporary and often sinful. They do not give any true refuge.

Believers have one that they can always run to in times of trouble and find true refuge. It is God who they can run to. God has perfect love for every person, thus cares for every person in the most perfect way.

Knowing and understanding God’s love and care can give a person great peace when he turns to God for help as a refuge during times of trouble. As one trusts in and turns to God, he will realize that with God all these troubles are temporary and are also being used by God for a good purpose.

This peace is found in knowing and trusting God’s great love and care. It is believing that He is the best refuge in times of trouble.

As days come when you are going through tough times do not turn to the things and ways of this world. Run to God and seek His comfort and peace as a safe refuge. Trust that God will take care of you and meet every need you have.

Allow God to work in every situation to bring His glory and purpose into your life. As God is a refuge, give Him praise and let the world know what He is and has done in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God as a safe refuge; that you will know the peace God can give; that you will know God’s comfort for you; and that you will trust God. 

Isaiah 10:3 Who Will You Run To?

Running in the woods

What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? Isaiah 10:3 

Disasters and troubles hit people all the time. When it occurs people will run somewhere for help. Most often it is to the government or some organization. In these two place many will try to find the help to make it through whatever situation that they are in.

Sometimes these groups can help some, but often it is just surface help. They are unable to help at the deeper levels of why the disaster occurred. Temporary help is given. It will help for a short amount of time, but then will run out and begin to fail.

Israel had been rejecting God and God was beginning to bring disaster upon them for their sins. He then begins to question them about where will they run to for help when the disaster God is bringing comes upon them. Their hope had been in people, governments and nations, not God.

It can be expected that people who do not follow or obey God will turn to the temporary things of this world for help. They do not know any better.

However, believers should be doing the same thing in turning to God. Often those in the church choose to reject God first and run after the temporary things of this world. They feel as though the groups and organizations of this world can do a better job first.

This is not putting trust in God, but in man.

When disaster comes upon a believer, and it will, the first thing he should do is go to God and trust in Him. God will often bring disaster upon someone to redirect his eyes back to Him, to get him back on to the right path with God. Running to man brings about destruction, running to God brings restoration.

As you are going through situations in your life, where is your trust? Are you running towards God and trusting Him? Or are you running towards man and his ways?

Focus your eyes and life upon God and His ways. Seek Him for all the help you need in every situation. Live your life in a way in which God does not have to correct you.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will run to God for all needed help; and that you will live for God with all of your life. 

1 Kings 19:9 Running In Fear

Running in fear

There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:9 

Fear is something that grips most people at some point or another. It does not matter who the person is, there is usually something that they are afraid of. How each person deals with the fear is also very different from person to person.

When there is fear, there is usually the feeling that something very bad is about to happen. It could be something physical or emotional, but either way it will be bad, or at least expected to be very bad. As this happens, most people try to run from what they fear. They do not want to have anything bad happen.

During a miraculous display of God’s power, Elijah brought the drought to an end. When that occurred, the queen of Israel vowed to kill Elijah. He ran away. Up on a mountain, God came to him and asked him why he was there. Elijah basically said that he feared for his life.

Knowing God and His great power, love and mercy, one should never have to fear. Elijah had known the great power of God personally. He saw God work in ways most people had never seen. Yet, when threatened, he ran in fear.

Every believer has a power living in them that the world cannot overcome. There is no reason to fear. The worst that can happen to a person is death, which then becomes the best thing, because they are then in heaven with God for eternity.

Many believers, however, run in fear of the pain or suffering that may occur in the process. When they run in fear, often they run out of God’s will. God will then ask why they are where they are.

God can be asking you why you are where you are right now. Are you located in the center of His will and desires?

Or are you running in fear from something?

Know that God is the one who is in absolute control. You have nothing to fear. Even if you were the last believer on the earth, God is still with you and in control. And you will not be the last believer on this earth. There are believers every where in this world.

The enemy may be out to kill you, but God is still on your side. Trust Him today and don’t run in fear.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s control and power; that you will not run in fear; that you will always run to God; and that you will trust God in every situation.