Psalm 91:1–2 NIV—He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”
Every day we are bombarded with news of conflicts, natural disasters, and diseases all with seemingly no solutions. Our relationships are filled with chaos and confusion, and we have the feeling that it never ends! We get to a place of being overwhelmed and just wonder if circumstances will ever improve. We ask ourselves what we are doing wrong, and take on a defensive position. In that place we begin to question everything and our head begins to spin. With the battle going on in our mind, the events of the day become larger and less manageable. And we ask ourselves, “Is there a place where I can take a break from my world that has gone mad?”
Yes, there is! It is not just what we’ve heard and read, but what we have experienced in the last six months with Terri‘s battle with cancer. We have been tossed around with different unexpected disappointing reports, confused, afraid, and left wondering what God really has planned. BUT we have also been comforted, directed, protected, and hope has been breathed back into us at the right moments. It has not been easy!! To trust that God foresaw all these things and He has promised in His Word a place of protection and shelter from every evil known to man. More than just words—fact! Truth. His promise.
The lesson that we learned is that instead of asking why, we should ask God to change our perspective of what is going on and teach us more about Him. “If you brag, brag of this and this only: That you understand and know me. I’m God, and I act in loyal love. I do what’s right and set things right and fair, and delight in those who do the same things. These are my trademarks.” (Jeremiah 9:24, The Message) Rather than just quoting promises like magic words, God wants us to really know him, his heart and his character—what is at the heart of those promises. God already has won the battles. He wants us to grow through them and be the victor not the victim in life!! 1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV—But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
God thank you for being my refuge and showing me truth in the middle of the storm that you stand with us and never leave. There is no trap set by the devil that our Father cannot deliver us from, if we trust in Him and take Him as our refuge. That is His promise in Psalm 91.