Posted by: bshelley | April 2, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for April 2, 2008

Today’s Verse: Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. NASB

We were discussing the topic of encouragement in our Tuesday Night Bible Buffet group at our house last night. One of the verses we looked at talked of God providing all these wonderful things to those who sought refuge in Him. (Hebrews 6:17-18 ) The picture of refuge to me calls to mind a picture of a storm all about us. Clapping thunder, rain, pitching and treacherous seas on a boat in peril. We seek for a protective bay shielded from the onslaught of the stormy seas. Then, God opens His arms and says that He is that refuge, that safe harbor in the midst of the tempest of life. We enter into His care and we immediately know His strength, His love, His comfort and most importantly, His peace. We can certainly avoid the pitfalls and consequences connected with disobedience and foolish choices by choosing His righteousness instead of allowing temptation to rule in our life. However, there will still be storms. There will be financial challenges, illness, and loss of loved ones, or loss of jobs to contend with. That’s part of life. We might see the storm clouds building at work or at home. We do not seek to escape living our lives, but we can know life in God’s protective care. We can know the peace He brings to our lives through the knowledge that He makes good on His promises to be with us through the valleys of life. His steadfastness gives us absolute assurance of a future in His presence even beyond this mortal life if we obey His call to salvation and redemption in Christ. He truly is our refuge and a present help in troubled times. Seek safety in His loving arms. Verse 11 says, “The God of Jacob is our stronghold.” Share this message with a friend that may need to know that peace in their life right now. Thanks Him for the peace He brings to your heart and pray the same for the next person that comes to mind. Smile, He’s got you covered. 

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