Updated: Oct 4
"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'" (Psalm 91:1-2, NIV)
I love that these verses give us a script to say out loud, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." With all the chaos and the “unknown” going on in Haiti and around the world right now, it is easy to fall into a pit of fear or anxiety. That is right where the enemy wants us to be. However, isn't it interesting the two words God is called here are refuge and fortress?
A refuge is a quick place you duck into to find shelter. A fortress is a place built intentionally for the purposes of exceptional security. The Hebrew word for fortress is metsudah, with one of its definitions being an "inaccessible place."
God is not just a quick refuge from the storm, but He's also the place where fear no longer has access to us.
Fear can't catch what it can no longer reach.
It's not that bad things won't happen. We live in a broken world where broken things happen every day. But as children of God we don't have to live with fear taunting and terrorizing us.
We need to be determined to make some imperfect progress when we’re processing fear.
I now know I can feel afraid, but I don't have to live afraid, none of us do!
Say out loud, "God, You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." And then close your eyes and picture Him lifting you to a place where fear can't catch you.
PRAY: Dear Lord, I place all of my fears into Your hands and commit to trust Your plan. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Leslie Kotwica (BoD, Staff)