Taking Refuge

Life can be scary and painful.  We face horrible dangers and devastating losses every day, but as believers we never face them alone–

God is a shield for all who take refuge in Him! 

A shield from the darts of the enemy and his attacks. A shield which will protect me and keep me safe from every attempt to harm me. A shield which guards my heart, my mind and my soul.  

But, I have to choose to take refuge in Him! I can’t try and shield myself and I can’t try and do everything on my own. I must put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).  I must choose to take refuge and remain in Him!  

I also must remember that this doesn’t mean that I will never face physical challenges or hardships.  I can’t blame God or doubt His protection when the evil of this world and the consequences of sin somehow pierce my life.  

My soul finds rest in God alone and I will have eternal peace and everlasting joy one day.  But right now, in this life with trials and tribulation, my heart and my mind are guarded in Christ Jesus and I have the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, (Philippians 4:7).

And I can have this peace even in the pain and through the struggles of this life.  God is still my refuge and my shield.  The things of this world are blocked from my soul and the evil thoughts and desires do not have to take root- His shield covers me when I choose to take refuge in the LORD!    

Heavenly Father, Your way is perfect and Your Word is flawless. You are my shield of protection and my refuge.  Thank You for arming me with strength and making my way perfect even when I can’t see or understand in the moment.  Strengthen me, Lord to take refuge in You.  You are my God, my Rock, my Provider, and my Protector–thank You!  I praise You for Who You are, for what You have done, and for all You do in my life.  In the precious name of Jesus, Amen! 
As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is flawless.  He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.  For who is God besides the LORD?  And who is the Rock except our God?  It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.  (Psalm 18:30-32)

How has God been your shield?  Can I pray for you somehow? Please leave me a comment below!

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