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Mary Marr

God our Refuge

Posted by: Mary Marr


God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…”Be still, and KNOW that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:3, 10-11



What a hope we have in Jesus! Psalm 91 talks about how the wicked may fall at our feet and yet the plague will not come near us. Psalm 9 talks about how God will judge the wicked nations yet supply the sick and needy at their point of need.



As we have been searching God’s word for strength, insight and wisdom in our family crisis we are also being nurtured with those same words in responding to our global fragilities at the same time. We cannot always comprehend the circumstances of life driving us to our knees. But this we know…every knee will bow and every tongue will confess one day that Jesus is Lord. We may not know how this will come about, but we trust God’s word is true yesterday, today and tomorrow for those who place their trust in Him alone.



We cannot know the details that produce in us the faith that delights the heart of God. God is not even obligated to tell us all that He is doing in our lives. Just as a painter may start a painting and not know where it will end up, is similar to how God may allow things in our lives to create in us a clean heart and strong vessel for His names sake. Sometimes we chaff not knowing what God is up to. Sometimes we rest in just knowing He is there. But for sure, we must bow before His authority in the matter whether we see His purposes or not. And, the fact that we go through the action of trusting God though He has not revealed the details is exactly the heart He seeks and can use. “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6.



God is in charge of what happens and is accountable to none but Him. “Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him.” Psalm 115:3.  Death, suffering and destruction may be part of His plan even if we do not want it to be so. We cannot fathom the infinite wisdom of our loving God to administer the affairs of this world in our ultimate good. Such complexities are beyond our understanding. So, the question is, if we face these complexities of life, do we churn over not understanding His ways or submit to the wisdom of His providential will?



Was there ever a time when you churned over a life situation when you knew in your heart you needed to submit to His providential plan?


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Years of trials back to back- Divorce, 911, Momâs death, Grace pre-mature birth, situation surrounding Faithâs, church situations, Kraigâs illness- Paul illness, and as reflecting my Dad marrying someone out of faith seeing his consequences. Some bigger than others all of these things â this is LIFE, God never said it would be easy and each one when embraced will bring us closer to God. Whatever the issue it is how am I becoming more Christ-like. How am I allowing God to be my refuge or get myself busied up with other things rather than sit in His presence? Sitting quietly in his presence will bring His will in my life. Christians being martyred to this day, we think our trials are big, but Our God is bigger than all of them. Walking through them personally and in the natural, seem very great to us but to someone else may not seem to be as big a trial. But at the end of the day it is what God gives us to sustain for His victory and triumph. Was there a time you churned, yes, each and every trial can be turned into triumph as we submit to Him, our whole being.
by Sandie Sangster on Thu, 25 Oct 2012 - 17:24