As we see in life and in our own lives, we can have so many ups and downs, ins and outs, and so many unexpected things happen. Life may not always go as planned, life may knock you down, sometimes life may be plain and simple be a struggle. Maybe you lost a child, maybe you lost your job, maybe God’s promise to you isn’t coming through, maybe you are going through divorce or sickness. We have to remember where we should place our trust.

Jesus said in Matthew 16:33 “ I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Jesus said that we may may have “Peace IN HIM”. He lets us know that we will have hard times in life, that life isn’t always easy, but he tells us that we may have peace in him. So lean on Jesus when the hard times come, build yourself up around him and his word, so that you are ready when the storms of life come.

Matt 7:24-27 “24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

Phil 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

In these verses we see these truths about life. Life is going to have storms, life is going to have trials and sorrows, life is going to give us the opportunity to worry and doubt. But what we need to remember is that God says we can have peace in Jesus. God says that if we build our lives around him, the foundation of our life will be a firm foundation and the storms of life won’t knock us down, God says if I am for you who can be against you. So what I am hear to tell you is yes, you will have hard times, but God can get you through it. When we focus our lives on Jesus and God’s word, we can find peace that we can’t even understand. God sometimes may delay a promise for your sake, maybe you have been praying for that husband, but God knows you aren’t ready for one just yet and that it would end badly or You have been praying for that job, but God has plans for you else where…we need to learn to lean and depend of God more, and not jump into things without even considering his will.

Remember that God gives us strength when we are weak. We need to get ourselves to a place in God, where the world and it’s problems don’t seem so big, because we have a relationship with a God who is so much bigger. You won’t realize the problems of this world are so small, until you get your relationship so in tune with God that your eyes only see him. So I challenge you that if you are facing a problem, to begin to trust God to give you peace and lean on him in every way possible. And I challenge those of you who life seems pretty good for, begin to build your life around God and his word. You will want that firm foundation and close relationship IN HIM when the storms of life may come. So let us start today, begin a new walk with God that has us so enveloped in him, that he is our main focus and that is where you will begin to find true peace.

2 thoughts on “Refuge

  1. awesome post jon. just what i needed. its a tough lesson to learn, but when you do…the extreme reality of God grace being sufficient for us because so amazing… i cant even descirbe it..

    • Exactly, God always is here to be our strength, we just need to remember that and not forget it, because that is where peace comes in times of trouble, that is where we need to place our trust.

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