Saturday, September 20, 2014

~ "A mighty fortress..."

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him I will trust."  (Ps 91:1-2)

We all have those moments in life when it seems like we are under attack by bad things.  Well, in some cases, the enemy is truly looking to tear us away from God.  There are times, too, that what we perceive as attacks, is simply life unfolding according to the will of God.  His timing is perfect for what he wants of us...our commitment to him.

Today, I want you to pray for a young woman who, over the past 5 months, has lost 3 members of her family - her immediate family.  Death comes unexpectedly for some.  "Accidental" deaths are particularly hard because it seems like a roll of the dice.  Death from long illnesses when there seemed to be such promise of remission cuts like a knife, especially when that person is in what we consider the prime of life.  Death of a parent means that our caretaker, our "go to" person is gone.  Not one of these is easy to bear.  The question "why" always comes to our lips.

God is our refuge.  He is a shelter when we are afraid.  God will protect us and carry us through all the dangers and tears of life.  We can trade our tears for faith in him, no matter how intense our pain becomes.  We can rest with him and be kept safe.  He is our fortress - trust and rest in him!