Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 ‘The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.’  Psalm 9:9

When things go wrong in our lives we tend to react in one of three ways. We either want to run away and hide, give up trying or become frustrated and often angry. There is a place for the Christian where, instead of reacting in any of these ways, we can choose to hide ourselves in the presence of the Almighty. To do this means to turn to God instead of to our own reaction and find His strength and peace to cope with whatever difficulties are before us. We let Christ become our focus rather than the way we feel.

There are many reasons we need to hide. Sometimes, it’s because of what others say about us:

‘You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.’

Psalm 31:20

It’s not running away to turn and find His quiet strength when others speak against you. He is the only One who truly understands your motives, reactions and the situation. Find quiet strength in His shelter. If you have behaved badly or spoken out of turn He is able to gently correct you and show you how to sort things. Facing an army of angry people won’t help but finding the presence of God will quieten your spirit and bring you strength.

The Bible also says:

‘Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.’ Psalm 91:1

It’s important to find a place where your spirit can rest. If you are continuously afraid, anxious or even angry and annoyed, you will never find a resting place in God. You’ll become the anxious, fearful or angry person. Come into His shelter, away from all your troubles and tempestuous feelings. Come and rest. Don’t listen to any other voice. Let the quietness of His presence wash over you and through you as you lean on Him. Train yourself to come into this place each day, where the very person of our Lord Jesus lives. Let Him become your refuge, your help and your companion. Let His quiet voice still the storms that rise bringing peace and quietness.

The one who finds their way into this place will not only find a refuge in times of trouble but will become a trusted servant of God. We will be trusted with the Master’s business. He will share with us His plans for our tomorrows and we will learn His thoughts for His work. How much better is this place than coping with our own reactions on our own!

‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.’ John 15:15