by Kelsey Tarver
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…
Merriam-Webster defines the word refuge as “a shelter or protection from danger or distress.”
Perhaps if you have been around the church world for very long, or even a reader of the Bible for a time, you may have experienced seasons where the Word’s vibrancy has lost a little color, maybe it does not stir your soul the way it has in other seasons. We hear with our ears that God is our shelter, an ever-present help in times of trouble, intending only good for our lives and not harm. But when the rawness of pain comes knocking at the front step of our hopeless situations or the hunger for our circumstances to change feels more than we can bear…it is much easier to simply know the Words of God, but be presented with an overwhelming temptation to not really believe them for ourselves.
Proverbs 14:26 says, “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have refuge.”
Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.”
If the writer of Proverbs, King Solomon, considered to be the wisest man who has ever lived, writes that God is our refuge and in Him there is confidence and safety, we can rest easy. Though it may not be easy to rest when anxiety, insecurity, fear, temptations, confusion, and anger are eating away at our souls. Maybe the fear to release control feels non-existent, maybe you feel like you have tried and nothing seems to work.
What I have found in my personal journey of trusting the Lord and knowing Him deeper is to go straight to the scriptures. Challenge yourself to look at the words with fresh, new eyes. Invite yourself to fall in love with the scriptures all over again, and give your heart time. Be patient with yourself, know that God is looking upon you with love as you sit down again for the trillionth time to try to know His Word more intimately. Quiet yourself, be still, and know that He is always near, always ready to bring you comfort and peace through His unfathomable love for you.
Guilt does not come from Him.
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Hebrews 8:12 “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Mistakes do not come from Him.
Isaiah 44:2 “I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born.”
Comparison does not come from Him.
Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
Confusion does not come from Him.
1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.”
Negative self-talk does not come from Him.
Isaiah 26:3 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Find verses to go along with whatever your biggest struggle is right now, I encourage you to print them out, hand write them, tape them up to your mirror, or places you know you’ll go to every day. Replace your thoughts with His words; replace your fears, inadequacies, and sins with His love, forgiveness, and refuge. His ways are not our own, and He is all together perfect and lovely, He simply asks for us to rest and trust in Him.
Kelsey is 26 years old and resides in lovely Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with her favorite human being and very best friend Zane Tarver. She writes, produces, and works on the creative staff at thechurch.at. Her style of writing is very conversational, as if she were sitting across the table from you enjoying a cup of coffee. It is her deepest desire that in her writing you will feel inspired and encouraged to be free in Christ. To connect with Kelsey, follow her on Instagram.