November 17, 2014

Running to the Refuge {Day 17}: Refuge in Weariness

I wonder, now that life has put me a bit behind, if I'll ever catch up and get back to posting the morning of rather than the evening!  For now I will write when I can and see how things shake out.  Thanks for standing by; I am grateful for you stopping by to read.

The first week of this series I spent the days writing about what God is a Refuge of.  In those posts I explored what kind of refuge God is for us.  The short summary is to say He is the best and most complete Refuge man can find, in this world and the next.  Then last week, I spent time on topics concerning God as a Refuge from.  I would summarize those posts this way: God is a refuge from all that might assail us physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

This week I have another theme for you - Refuge in.  How is God a refuge in certain situations?

Right now, because I am feeling pretty tired, I'm going to go with running to the refuge when we are weary.  We  had a full weekend here with some unexpected illness and I was away from home most of time.  The Good Lord provided so well for us in friends and family taking care of the kids and the kids rolling with the punches.  I am feeling so thankful!

Nevertheless, I am tired because I am human, I can only do so much in a day, and managing a changed schedule is somehow tiring.  This post will be short for those reasons; I need to get to bed soon!

The verses that come to mind right now that I feel I am supposed to share with you are these:

Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:27-31

God is a refuge in weariness because He knows our "cause" and has not disregarded us.  He is a refuge in weariness because though we wear out and languish, He does not tire, does not weaken, and does not change.  In our weariness, by taking refuge in Him we can be strengthened by His strength and empowered by His power.

Man grows weary, stumbles, and falls.  God renews his strength.  How does that happen?  Man simply hopes in the Lord.

I picture letting my tired body fall limp into the strong, uplifting hands of Almighty God, and being carried up to new heights in His hands - no longer trying to fly, run, or walk on my own, but rather being carried along by His strength and power.

I am excited to sleep tonight.  I am more enlivened by the thought that my God is a refuge in weariness because He understands my need and strengthens my feeble being, mind, body, and soul.

Running Orders:
  • Keeping it simple tonight, tell the Lord areas of life that are making you weary and run to Him as your refuge in those things.

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