Any adversity, attack, accidents, and tragedies that were headed my way are diverted right now, in Jesus name.
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The television, every year, shows pictures of storms as they lambaste a coastline or tornadoes that wipe out entire towns. People do what they can to protect their belongings and themselves, but eventually they seek refuge in a storm cellar or a basement room. Sometimes they head for higher ground, forced to evacuate their home by the authorities.
The dictionary describes refuge as a shelter or protection, as from the weather or danger; any place, person, action, or thing that offers or appears to offer protection, help, or relief. Have you ever seen yourself as a refuge? I remember at a recent gathering of women, when one lady approached me, whom she’d just met, to pray with her about her daughter. She wanted me to pray with her separately from the group we were with. For some reason, she trusted I would keep her confidence.
People may be drawn to you for the same reason. They see you as a safe place, a safe refuge. If that’s so, then what is your responsibility to that person? To remain trustworthy, faithful to pray with her and her need, but also to point her to the Savior, our ever faithful refuge. The Bible, in Psalm 91, verse 4, speaks of God, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” The Psalmist describes God as a faithful refuge who will place us under his wings to shield and protect.
Have you ever watched geese or ducks with their babies? When they are little, the mother gathers them under her wings to protect from predators or some such danger, or from inclement weather. She shields them with her body to comfort them, to help them feel secure. That’s how the Psalmist sees God in this verse. People may be drawn to you for that very reason but their ultimate refuge is God Himself.
Take the time to think about the last time you prayed for someone. Was God the one they looked to or you? I had the privilege of praying with a young gal who was depressed because the doctors wouldn’t permit her to go home for a long time, they said. I prayed with her, placing her hand in the Father’s with my words, and her depression lifted. The doctors released her a couple of days later, not because of me but because, with her eyes on Jesus, she responded positively to the therapy she was undergoing.
Keep your eyes on the Father, our refuge, when you are asked to pray for someone. Seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance for the right words to point that person to Jesus, and allow Him to be faithful to shield and protect as the Psalmist said. God is our faithful refuge and the one who’s hand we need to place ours and the people we pray for.