Pilgrimage OLS — Week Four #1

Have you discovered God as your great refuge in life? The psalmist in Psalm 46:1 discovered God in a new and deeper way when he said, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Maybe you’ve tried everything you know. And still, things aren’t happening the way you thought. It seems strange sometimes, these ways of the Lord. Isaiah discovered the same thing when God spoke to him: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts … And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT).

The people of Israel discovered a new and deeper trust in God as their refuge when they realized they could not save themselves. May these words from God’s Word speak in your own heart:

They did not conquer the land with their swords; it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory. It was Your right hand and strong arm and the blinding light from Your face that helped them, for You loved them … So you lead Your people, to make Yourself a glorious name … Lead me, O Lord.
Psalm 44:3 NLT, Isaiah 63:14 NKJV, Psalm 5:8 NKJV

Maybe now is the time to turn to God as your refuge in your time of trouble. Remember, you don’t have to save yourself. You do not have to be brilliant, slick, or strong for God chooses the things that are powerless to shame the powerful, and His power is perfected in weakness. So maybe it’s time to lay down self-effort and self-sufficiency and look to the Lord for His power, His strength, His brilliance, His timing, His guidance, His leading, His purpose, and His plan. The results just might be different than what you thought, but higher and greater, and heaven will tell the whole story.

I was up early, shooting the sunrise. The clouds in the east with the rising sun showed great promise of magnificent colors. And then I looked to the west just to see what was happening with the reflected light on the mountains. I saw something unexpected, amazingly beautiful, and a new glimpse of God’s glory – a rainbow in the clouds. I abandoned my idea of shooting the sunrise in the east, and drove to my favorite place, set up my camera and tripod, and caught the last few minutes of God’s glorious rainbow at sunrise.

Dear friend, today, look for God in every moment of your day and trust Him, surrender to Him, seek Him, and experience His help and power every step of the way. You just might see your own rainbow in the clouds, as God weaves His majesty and glory into your life. And may we all pray as we continue on in our journey, “Lead me, O Lord.”

If you are studying along with me in Pilgrimage of the Heart, your assignment for the next few weeks is to continue on in Week 4, Days 1-7, The Refuge of the Pilgrim.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!


Sola Scriptura

What is God teaching you? What meant the most to you in your study of God’s Word this week in your quiet time?
Please comment.

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