Looking to God


God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1

How do you imagine God? What experiences in your past inform your opinion of who God is? The Bible is God’s self-revelation, or to put it another way: the Bible is God speaking for Himself. In this Scripture, God describes Himself as our refuge, strength, and help.

A refuge was a protected place a person could run to when threatened by danger. This sanctuary would provide security, peace, and protection from harm. As long as a person stayed within their refuge, they would be okay. God wants to be our refuge.

We all come to the end of what we are able to do. In those moments when our ability is not enough, we look for help. Where have you looked for help when life overwhelmed and exhausted you? God wants us to find our strength in who He is.

Everyone eventually needs help. When you need help, who do you call? Who do you trust the most? We tend to reach out to those who we know are able and we know they care. The God of the Bible does not abandon you in trouble but is right there to help you. God wants to be your help.

Heavenly Father, forgive me for those moments I have the wrong idea about who You are. Help me to see You the way You present Yourself in the Bible. I want You to be my refuge. I want to run to You in prayer, reading the Bible, and going to church. I want You to be my strength. I want to know You in such a way that I find my strength in who You are. I want You to be who I turn to and trust for help. I know You are able and You care for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.