14th April 2017

Refuge in God 

“In you, Lord, I have taken refuge…Into your hands I commit my spirit;”
Psalm 31:1, 5 (NIV)

In Luke 23:46 the scriptures record that “Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father into your hands I commit my spirit.’ And when he had said this, he breathed his last.”

This is a direct quotation from Psalm 31, a song of David about being safe in the hands of the Father when everything in life seems stacked against us. David’s point is that we can take refuge in God.

It’s understandable that Jesus, who was fully human as well as fully the Son of God, called out to the Father at the end of his final hours on the cross. The gospels indicate that he was crucified at 9am, and that at 12 noon the sun stopped shining, thus suggesting either an eclipse or a divine act. After three hours of darkness Jesus died so that humanity would be reconciled to God.

When we go through great times of darkness in our lives, we too can cry out to God and take refuge in him. Maybe it’s terrible sickness, or something unfair that’s happened to us; we might feel distressed and alone, threatened in some way; others might ridicule us or persecute us; and, of course, we might be at death’s door. In our darkest moments, God is there. Call out to him. Just before he died, Stephen, the first man to die for Christ after the Resurrection, cried out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59), and prayed for forgiveness for the mob that stoned him.

As we contemplate how wonderful a Saviour we have and how he suffered for us, let’s turn to him, and be comforted by the Father’s love.

Prayer
Great loving, compassionate Father, help me please through your Spirit, to turn to you for refuge and comfort in the trials and hardships of life. In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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