Illuminate Part 5 – He is our Refuge

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.   Psalm 18:2

Life is a storm of difficulty. At times, the stressful seasons seem to be unending.  It comes at us in waves, and often pounding, grinding.  Life reveals our humanity, our weakness.

We’re tiny ships in an endless ocean. Weathered with time, events, even tragedy. We wear this journey within the depths of our soul, hidden from the masses.  The constant movement is tiring, we long for rest.

What does it mean, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my refuge?”  Does He not offer harbor, rest, safety?  The storms and unending pounding waves cannot stand against Him.  He is strong, protective, a stable place.

Through Christ there’s a gate, a clear path into this harbor for our souls.

You know what is so amazing about grace?  Entrance to this place of calm and true soul rest does not require spiritual strength.  It doesn’t require some level of character development or special 3 step stress relief program.  It’s just the opposite of human effort – it’s surrender.  Embrace your need for this harbor, raise the white flag and fall on Jesus Christ!

God’s Word teaches us that contrition, humility, brokenness, these are the preconditions for harbor access.  The healthy need not a physician. Those sailing along just fine in their own power will never know the healing and restorative power of Christ.  True weakness is ignoring the damage and stress you are taking on.

When we head back out into the storms of life, He wants us to be full of His Spirit, His presence filling, His joy our strength.

I’m thankful that I can come to a God who knows, who cares, and who is more than willing to unload the cargo in my heart.

He is my hidden port City, my supplies are free of charge, I can come anytime and find rest.

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