By Kelly Balarie, Crosswalk.com
What do you do when finances take a hard swing, threatening to tumble all you have built in about a split second? What do you when the force of debt, loans and goods become the wrecking ball to a once-sturdy foundation of security?
Dire finances can pull apart a foundation of hope. They can crash into established dreams. They can bulldoze temples of peace shining for the Lord - if one is not careful.
Is your bank balance dictating your emotional balance or
is your great God balancing your mind with his never wavering foundation of his truth?
God knows this trial is not easy and I love how he loves us. He gives us a helping hand when obligation seem to rise higher than our devotion.
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea... Ps. 46:1-3
If you are in need of help, God is your run-to-the-rescue deliverer. He offers incredible-Hulk-like strength. He brings an I-will-not-fear mindset. With God, the-world-can-fall-around but theology still remains sturdy and steady.
Do you find refuge in God
to find God's rescuing and aiding help?
6 Ways to Find Refuge:
1. Dwell in the presence of God with you and for you.
"But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge..." (Psa. 73:28).
2. Find the goodness of the Lord, amidst the harshness of the world.
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house; (Ps. 36:7-8)
3. Love the one with the power to protect you.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you...“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him (Ps. 91)...
4. Continually dialogue with the only one with the real power to save.
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Ps. 62:8
5. Confess your wrongs and find freedom.
The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned. Ps. 34:22
6. Be confident in the one who has all control.
In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge. Prov. 14:26
God blesses those who take refuge:
They drink the river of God's delights (Psalm 36:8-9).
No harm will hit (Ps. 91).
Protection will come (Ps. 91).
They find help (Ps. 46).
No disaster will arrive. (Ps. 91).
Angels guard. (Ps. 91).
Praises abound (Ps. 91).
Big enemies are beaten (Ps. 91).
Lifted on a rock (Ps. 27).
Find safety (Prov. 18:10).
Refuge is one who sits in the center of God's heart.
He finds all he needs from the pulse of God's truth.
All his hope is from the promise of God's security.
All his courage from the picture of what awaits.
It is not always found on earth, but it is always promised in heaven.
There is no fear for this one because he sits next to the throne of the one in control.
He is with the God who promises to be for him and with him.
He trusts the one whose hand rules all the details of his life - and he feels at ease.
Refuge lays his head on the shoulder of his first love, waits and expects to receive goodness.