Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to find refuge in your Holy presence.

The average man is engaged in an ever ending pursuit of happiness and satisfaction. Daily, he relies on his own strength to find peace. But, in the end does he find peace? By himself, certainly, not, but by relying on the father, he surely does. In God, man finally finds what his heart longs for, peace, in a tumultuous world. How does he achieve this?

Let us intently read from Psalms.

Psalms 91: 1-16; “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge, his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.”

(v9) If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge and you make the most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands; so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

(v13) You will tread on the lion and the cobra, you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

(v14) Because he loves me, says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him, I will protect him for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him. With long life, I will satisfy him, and I will show him my salvation.”

The Bible from this verses simply means that in God, you will find rest, you will fear nothing and will live comfortably and in peace. You will be protected and will achieve impossible feats. Your prayers will be answered. And if at all, you get in trouble, you will not be alone, God will be with you. Your father in heaven will give you a long life and in the end, salvation through Jesus Christ.

Observe any well-meaning Christian and you will find all the above to be true. This is what the Bible refers to as “The peace that surpasses all understanding {Philippians 4: 7}”

Understand that Jesus loves you

It is important to understand that Jesus loves you more than you can comprehend, the reason why these words are repeated throughout the Bible.

Paul in Ephesians 3: 14-18 was making a prayer for the believers in Ephesus; “I kneel before your father in heaven and on earth… I pray that out of his glorious riches, he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being… that you may have power together with all the Lord’s people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Paul was praying that all of God’s people may know the deep love of Christ and that they may understand and know Christ’s love just as much as God does.

The important question is, do you believe in this love? Do you understand it? You need to grasp the impact of it on your life. You need to accept this love and receive it. Thankfully, a prayer has already been made by Paul and countless other Christians that you may learn of this love. Once you receive it, your life will change. How?

Peace in the Father

You will gain peace and a satisfied mind and most of all, you will receive salvation. Let us look at the following verses:

Isaiah 26: 3; “You will keep in perfect peace, those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you”.

Isaiah 26: 12 a; “The Lord, will establish peace for you”.

Proverbs 3: 1-2; “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years, and bring you peace and prosperity.”

Isaiah 46: 4: “Even in your old age and gray hairs. I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Proverbs 3: 23; “You will go on your way in safety and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid, when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. You will have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.”

Psalms 37: 4: “If you delight yourself in the Lord, he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Proverbs 3: 7b-10; “Fear the Lord and shun evil, this will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your crops, then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

Psalms 23: 1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing… (4b); I fear no evil… (4c); he comforts me… (6) Goodness and mercy follow me, all the days of my life.”

Psalms 34: 22; “The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.”

Isaiah 48: 18; “If only you pay attention to my commands, your peace will be like a river and your well-being like the waves of the sea.”

Proverbs 4: 22; “Knowing God is life to those who find him and health to one’s body.”

All these, are but a scratch on the surface of many other chapters and verses in the Bible denoting to the satisfaction, health, and wealth that comes with fearing the Lord. We therefore recognize that Jesus is exceedingly caring and as feeble as we are, He loves us, and He tends to us and spares us. We are like tendrils seeking support in Jesus to get to the light. It is His light that enables us to produce the good fruits of; love, joy peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5: 22-23).

Jesus calls out in Matthew 11: 28-30; “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.

Matthew 12: 20; “A bruised reed, he will not break and a smoldering wick, he will not snuff out.”

Contrary to public opinion, life is Christ is more bearable. Outside of Christ, you are burdened and weary and are yoked. You may have a yoke in Jesus too, but His is easy and worth it. How do we know his yoke is worth it? Here are some excerpts from the Bible:

Psalms 34: 19-20; “Though the righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.”

John 16:22; “So with you, now is your time of grief, but I will see you again, and you will rejoice and no one will take away your joy {Jesus’ disciples were sad, He was leaving}.

Romans 8: 18; “Our present sufferings cannot be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us,”

I Peter 1: 6-7; “Though for a while you will have to endure great turmoil, in all kinds of trial. But it is to test the genuineness of your faith which is greater than gold which perishes even through refined fire – may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus is revealed.” {Trials will be to test your love, faith and belief in the Father and his Son}.

2 Timothy 4:8; “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge will award to me on that day and not only me but to all who long for His appearance.”

Jesus is the friend you have never had. Accept Him, Love Him and your life will never be the same again.

Psalms 34: 8; “Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”

May the Lord God guide your paths as you seek Him, may He shine Himself upon you. In Jesus name, Amen