You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope. Psalm 119:114 (NLT)
I jumped all over today’s scripture. Yes! Scripture is my source of hope. It’s
full of God’s promises to love, forgive, provide, equip and strengthen me. He speaks of a bigger plan that I can’t yet understand which offers an immense supply of hope when life is difficult.
I then pondered the first part of the verse. My conversation with God went
something like this:
Me: Yes, God, you are my refuge.
Me: Well, I want you to be the place I go when I feel discouraged.
God: But do you?
Me: Not initially maybe. But eventually I find my way into Your arms.
God: So where do you turn instead of leaning into Me?
Me: (with tail between legs) I try to solve the situation myself, consult friends, or
numb my troubles with Facebook. (becoming defensive and making excuses) But at
least I don’t drink to hide anymore!
God: Sigh. How many times do I have to tell you?
It was a convicting moment.
Digging into the original Hebrew, a refuge is a shelter with a strong sense of secrecy. It’s a hiding place.
Where do you go when you want to disappear for a while? Your favorite shop or spa? Social media or a trusted friend? Alcohol? Sleep?
What would it look like to make God your hiding place? (tweet this)
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