It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. Psalm 118:8-9 ESV
Recently a good portion of my prayer life has been about security. We look for security in everything around us: our jobs, our relationships, our bank accounts, and anything that we can see in front of us. I think it is natural to look to control, but to trust in things and people that are a product of a sinful, fallen world will always lead to failure.
If you put your trust in people, whether it be your spouse, your pastor, your employer or even yourself, you will find that eventually at some point, failure will happen. We are fallen beings, only God is perfect, and He is who our refuge should be in.
Self sufficiency is a sinful form of pride. When our refuge is in anything but the Lord, we are saying that we can do things better than God. We are making idols of ourselves and of things that only provide temporary satisfaction and security.
During different seasons in our lives, God's sovereignty includes suffering, but it should never include fear. We bring to God our troubles through prayer, and though we may not see the immediate picture of his faithfulness, we take refuge and trust in Him alone. Oftentimes our faith requires an immeasurable amountof trust in God, which is contrary to our nature as a whole; but what we find over and over, is that God is unfailing. He was, He is and He always will be.
In troubled times, we often want our refuge to be in things that will never satisfy us. Refuge in the Lord is our only hope. Take heart in Him today.
God I thank you that you are my refuge. In times of trouble, I can hide in the shadow of your grace and your sovereignty. Forgive me when I try to do things myself or when I put my faith in people or things. I love you Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Do you find you put your faith in self or other people before God? Ask God to help you see His hand in all things, and praise Him foe being your refuge.