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God Wants to Be Our Refuge

Deuteronomy 33:27

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Ray 2018I took a count tonight on the number of posts I have put on my current blog page. I have been posting on WordPress since 2010. I first started writing on www.raymcd.blogspot.com (my last post there was in February of 2010). At www.raymcdonald.wordpress.com – I have posted 2,845 devotional thoughts – not counting today’s post. I might just put them together in retirement and make a devotional book. What do you think?

I once posted about Social Media and the Tongue and many read it and liked it. I posted once about the 2016 Presidential Elections – and it too was widely read. I wrote one on God’s grace and another on God being our refuge. My prediction – when I posted them – was that the last two would get very little notice while the former two would get lots of traffic. Do you wonder why that is?

Are we drawn to things thought controversial more than truths about God? Are we drawn to the train wreck – the car crash – things like the #SCOTUS confirmation hearing? Understanding God’s grace and how God is our refuge seems to be of utmost importance – yet few shared those posts that appeared on Facebook and other social media outlets. Few read those articles either – lower than the more controversial posts.

When I visit my home state – the state where I was born (West Virginia) – I play golf on one of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever played. The course itself is nothing great – even a middle of the road course compared to some I’ve played (very nice greens) – but the scenery surrounding the course – sitting in the valley with mountains all around is breath-taking.

When I play this course in West Virginia (Valley View Golf) – I experience a little awe in the wonder of God’s creation. I can get lost in my thoughts on this course – thinking about the awesomeness of our God to create such a beautiful setting. It is like a refuge from the world of traffic – smog – buildings – and even people.

Today’s passage talks about God being our refuge. I wonder – do we turn to God often to find rest and peace in these troubled times? Or – do we focus more on the tragic things – the controversial things – in our lives? God is waiting for us to focus on Him. God is ready to be our refuge and our strength. God is waiting for us to be in awe when we are in His presence.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Deuteronomy 33:24–29 – 24 About Asher he said: “Most blessed of sons is Asher; let him be favored by his brothers, and let him bathe his feet in oil. 25 The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days. 26 “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty. 27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’ 28 So Israel will live in safety; Jacob will dwell secure in a land of grain and new wine, where the heavens drop dew. 29 Blessed are you, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will tread on their heights.”

Whatever we face in the world today – God is there for us! Whatever causes us pain – God is there for us! God is our refuge – a place we can turn for solace and peace. We shouldn’t wait until the weight of the world is upon us – we should turn to God daily – as our refuge. God is ready and willing to be our safe haven!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

September 5, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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