Take Refuge in Him

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8

The ‘taste and see’ concept is difficult to explain to the non-believers, but it comes nature for the believer.

This world did not get here on its own. It had a master designer. Take a look at the microscopic kingdom or the celestial kingdom or even the human body. All are fascinating in their intricacies and can never be fully explored. Anyone who says otherwise is foolish.

For the past two years, we’ve been going through a phase in life where a tiny virus and its subsequent vaccine has caused no small amount of consternation and trouble. No one really knew how to combat it, isolate it, or define it. Billions of dollars was thrown at the problem but two years later, the virus has spread far and wide, and hasn’t stopped spreading. The human body is complex. The best medical minds in the world couldn’t figure it out.

As believers, we were able to take comfort and solace in the fact that regardless of what happens to us during this time, our lives are in His hands. Yes, we took precautions and reduced the risks, but still our lives were in His hands. That’s just one tiny example of tasting and seeing the Lord’s goodness.

We are able to take refuge any time we need it. We get to rest in the knowledge that whatever happens, God is in control. It’s not a tangible blessing, but it might as well be.

Rejoice, Brothers and Sisters, that refuge from the hazards of life is only a Name away.

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A Day of Remembrance

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

As you read this, it will be Thanksgiving Day, the day Americans stop to give thanks. It’s a day we take off to just reflect. Of course there’s plenty of people and activities to occupy our day, but we pause and give thanks.

God has blessed this nation, and we certainly don’t deserve many of the blessings He has bestowed upon us. We have a lot to be ashamed about, but we also have much to be grateful for. Every nation can make that claim to one degree or another, some more than others.

The challenge for our nation going forward is to remember our God and ignore the naysayers in our society that would denounce God. Those detractors are loud and plentiful. Still, though, with God on our side, we have the upper hand, so to speak.

On this day of remembrance, what are you thankful for?

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Make That Thankfulness List

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High. Psalm 50:14

In a couple of days, we’ll formally celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Big meals with all their fixings, big gatherings, relaxation, games, sports, a time of reflection, and then of course shopping the next day.

Psalm 50 tells us that thanksgiving is a sacrifice. It’s a sacrifice because we don’t always take the time to be grateful.

Begin now to make a list of what you’re thankful.

Go beyond the usual things like family and friends. Stretch yourself.

What has God done in your life lately?

What are you grateful for?

Take some time to reflect before the food starts cooking and the people start gathering.

Give it some extra thought this holiday.

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Whiners and Complainers are So Unbecoming

I cry aloud to the Lord;
I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
2 I pour out before him my complaint;
before him I tell my trouble. Psalm 142:1-2

When we complain to others, especially to those who cannot solve our problem, it gets the complaint off our chest but does little else. It tends to paint us as complainers or whiners. It makes us look petty.

On the other hand, when we lift our complaints to God as David did, it acts as a prayer, particularly when we pray for the situation. It has the added benefit of getting it off our chest. And then when He intervenes in the way He chooses, we can give thanks.

So, then, does complaining lead to thanksgiving? It certainly could. Complaining to others doesn’t solve anything unless they’re in a position to solve it. Give it over to God because He knows what you’re thinking anyway.

Often we don’t feel right about complaining to God, probably because He’s God.

Going to God really is the best choice in this situation and in most situations.

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Give Thanks

All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the Lord
and he rules over the nations.

29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it! Psalm 22:27-31

No matter how bad things get in life and in society, there will always be a remnant of believers who carry the torch into the next generation. I know that because it’s always been that way.

Now, the Church may dwindle until there are very few, but it will never completely die down as long as God is changing lives.

A changed life tells others about that changed life. The more removed we become from that life-changing experience, the less excited about it we become.

And yet, it doesn’t take much to reflect upon what our lives could have been without Christ.

Take time this Thanksgiving season to reflect on your life and the meaning it has. Reflect on what Christ has done and how He has changed you.

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