When troubles come and you don’t know where to turn … there is a God in Heaven. The psalmist said, “I cried unto Thee, O LORD: I said, ‘Thou art my Refuge and my Portion in the land of the living’” (Psalm 142:5). What a comfort to know that we can call upon the Lord. According to this verse, He is a place of refuge. Literally this means that God is a hiding place for the believer. He is a shelter in the middle of the storms of life. He is also described as our portion. This has the idea of being our inheritance. God provides not only a place of shelter in troubled times, but He is our inheritance as well. He will take care of us into the future. God is that welcomed place of peace in the otherwise turbulent world we are living in for the Christian.
This description of what God provides for me is a welcome and comforting thought. I seem to spend far too much time in fear of what “might” happen, when I need to learn to simply trust on this God Who promises to be a refuge for me, as well as my portion for the things that are coming. Fear is a result of a lack of trust. When I am fearful about something, or someone, I am looking in the wrong place. When I allow my focus to move off God, and onto my circumstance or situation, I have begun to live a life that is “faith-less.” As easy as it is to say this, it is tough in our daily life to practice this. I want to be a person who fully relies on God to take care of me, both in the area’s I am facing today, as well as with the control over things that are going to take place in my future.
As a child, I was blessed to have parents that loved me and were a beautiful picture of the meaning of this verse. I had a father who provided comfort for me when fear seized me. He also provided for my daily needs, so that I never had to worry about where our next meal was coming from; or where I would get the clothing I would need to wear for school. In the same way, we should not waste a moment in fear and anxiety as a Christian. We have a Heavenly Father Who is far more capable of providing for our needs than my earthly father was. As a child, I never worried about those things because my dad was taking care of it. As a child of God, I should not worry about these things, because my Heavenly Father is taking care of me. Today, rather than spending a moment in fear or worry, turn to your God and thank Him for taking care of all of your needs today.
“There are always better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis