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Let Him Be Your Rock and Refuge

Written by: Veronica Epler

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Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running.

- John 20:3-4a


Whenever I think of refuge, I think of somewhere safe. A secure place that will keep me from harm. If you live anywhere with natural disasters, you have to flee to a refuge to withstand the storm.


It’s the same with spiritual storms too - you must flee somewhere for protection. Will it be God you flee to like Peter did?


Three days after Jesus’ death, Mary Magdalene went to His tomb and found it empty, so she ran to Peter and the other disciple, John, to tell them. Immediately they ran to the tomb with John outrunning Peter, but John stopped outside it, peering in.


Verse 6a says, “Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside.” There was no hesitation from him!


What an amazing thing he did during his grief. He trusted Mary’s words that the tomb was empty because he knew what Jesus had told him. He knew Jesus would raise from the dead. He had no hesitations to see it with his very own eyes.


Peter sought refuge in Jesus’ words because he knew what was to come. He knew Jesus would be back because he believed.


Friend, do you have that same enthusiasm for Jesus’ return or are you like John? The one who hesitated to go in the empty tomb. The one who waited to see with his own eyes to believe.


Or will you be like Peter? Running full speed, no hesitations, to see His Word be fulfilled?


I want to be like Peter. I want to always seek His refuge. I want to trust Him completely in all my trials and tribulations that His Word will be fulfilled because He is sovereign.


Psalms 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble”.


That means He awaits us. All He needs us to say are the words “God help me,” and He will be there. His promises are true and never ending, for we are His children.


So, find some comfort in Him today, let Him be your rock and refuge. Allow Him to do His good work in you. He wants to do it!



Reflection

1. How can you allow God to be your refuge today?

2. What are you not trusting God in? Can you release that to Him today?


Prayer

Heavenly Father, I want to let You in. I want You to be my comfort always, my solid rock on the ground. Help me to soften my heart and let You in more. I need You, and You yearn to help me. Be my refuge, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.



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