9th July 2016

Do You Have a Refuge?

“For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”
Psalm 62:5-6 (NRSV)
 

Have you found a refuge during your walk with God? Have you set aside a quiet hiding place where your heart sings and you are safe and at peace? Where you can go and recharge your spiritual batteries. We all need such a place, even Jesus and his disciples needed this kind of refuge; you’ll remember when then they returned from the mission he had sent them on, see Mark 6:7-13, and in verses 30-31, he told them, “Come away to a deserted place all by your selves and rest a while.” God speaks to our hearts in a quiet place. In the midst of that solitude he comforts us and instructs us. He restores our souls and leads us in paths of righteousness. As our Shepherd he will draw us close and pour out blessings upon us. Isaiah 40:11 (NIV) tells us; “He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those who have young.”

In order to know someone we need to spend time with them, especially one-on-one time—close personal contact. Our relationship with God is no different, it means spending time together alone and not necessarily saying anything—just being in his presence. “Be still and know that I am God!” is the advice in Psalm 46:10.

Not only do we need to find a physical refuge, but we also need to deeply understand that our great God is our refuge and our strength—think about this next scripture, Psalm 32:7-8 (NLT), in the context of what we are discussing here today “For you are my hiding place, you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote, “Let us then labour for an inner stillness—an inward stillness and an inward healing. That perfect silence where the lips and heart are still, and we no longer entertain our own imperfect thoughts and vain opinions, but God alone speaks in us, and we wait in singleness of heart, that we may know His will, and in the silence of our spirits, that we may do his will and do that only.”

These are encouraging and wise words which I hope will inspire us to seek out a special place to be clothed with our God; to get to know him better and to rejoice in our very special and close relationship with him.

Prayer
Great God, you are indeed our strength and our salvation, but more than that you are our refuge and our secret hiding place where you protect us from trouble and comfort us. Please accept our grateful thanks.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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