Lenten Devotional Series 2020: Day 8

God Is My Refuge by Andrew Gifford

What does it mean to you to think of God as your refuge? It’s natural to think of God as parent, God as love, God as guide, God as comforter… but what about refuge? What if we thought about it a bit differently?

God is my shelter

God is my protection

God is my fortress

God is my safety

God is my security

God is my asylum

God is my sanctuary

God is my safe haven

God is my harbor

God is my retreat

God is my sanctum

God is my hideout

Things aren’t always going to go well. Our own personal mountains will shake, our own waters will roar and foam- but we have to remember that the God who ceases wars, breaks the bow and shatters the spear is with us through everything. So when these trials strike, remember which of those above words most resonated with you- whether God is your sanctuary or safe haven, harbor or hideout- know that you can be still and know that God is present with you through it.

Psalm 46

 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
‘Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.’
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.