Yesterday my husband and I went to a reception for a friend who is leaving today to serve our country in Afghanistan. He was recently called into duty as an officer in the naval reserves, leaving for at least six months and possibly a year. We were honored to be a part of his send-off and to be a participant in praying for him while he is gone. Our friend Bob's call to duty is a reminder that we don't know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future. Each of us can look to God for our help. Psalm 34 gives us strength and comfort, "I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant their faces will never be covered in shame. This poor man called and the Lord heard him and delivered him from all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and he delivers him. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." Isn't that beautiful? God wants us to look to Him, to find our refuge in Him and to call on Him. He invites us to taste and see that He is good. Bob is stepping out in courage, with his faith in a God who loves him. We may not be going to Afghanistan, but we can turn our eyes to the Lord and take refuge in Him no matter what life brings. My friends let's look to Him who loves us and call upon Him to be our refuge and strength in every circumstance.
Conversation Starter: Is there a time when you have had to step out in faith and in a very real way look to God as your refuge?