Take refuge in the Lord Jesus Christ

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Lincoln Forlong writes The Pastor's Pen

I wish to encourage you to take refuge in the Lord

Life is an array of experiences that can easily overwhelm us. The world and life, moves at such a rapid pace that few of us can truly keep up without incurring some form of fatigue or injury. However, the child of God has a safe haven; a sanctuary that cannot be quantified in physical, financial, or geographic terms. Far greater than any worldly treasure, with infinitely more resources than this world could ever imagine, we take refuge in the Lord!

The Psalmist said it well; “Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you” (Psalms 33:20-22). Throughout life, the believer lives with a spiritual faith that transcends the events of life by looking dependently to the Lord. Satisfaction comes from knowing and walking with God who surpasses our need for us to see our expectations fulfilled.

The child of God says to the Lord; “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word” (Psalms 119:114). Our assurance comes from who our God is, and it is his unchangeable holy identity that germinates within us the realisation of well-being. We Christians echo the words; “I trust in you, O LORD; I say, You are my God” (Psalms 31:14). We have come to recognise that “every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” (Proverbs 30:5).

You see, I’m speaking here of the person who is not looking to fixate on individual events, experiences, or even blessings in order to validate their faith. No, I speak of the soul who looks “to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). This is the expression of faith in the person of God through His Son Jesus Christ. This faith does not look for personal gain or advantage, rather, it draws contentment from accepting that God sovereignly works out His will in our lives to fulfill His purposes. This faith unreservedly prays “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10), declaring as John the Baptist did, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

This faith doesn’t nit-pick over personal preferences, yet it does discriminate between that which is good and that which is excellent. It fails to waste it’s allegiance on frivolous fleshly endeavours, while devoting its resources to “proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). This uncommon belief is quick to acknowledge that it is “by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). It desires nothing for itself but only to do what the man delivered of demons did; “he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him” (Luke 8:39).

Be encouraged beloved; “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). This is the Saviour we take refuge in!

Together for Christ:   Lincoln Forlong              www.bbf.net.nz

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