I’m on my own but I’m not

“Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me.  I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.  I cry to you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.’” Psalm 142:4-5.

When I’m lonely it is because I have forgotten God.

David was alone in a cave.  Saul was nearby and certain to kill David if he found him.

David felt alone BUT he wrote that God was a refuge that never left.  Others may have deserted him but not God.

When I run into a problem that I can’t solve, I’ve already approached it the wrong way.  God needs to be in ALL the workings of my life.

When something gets difficult, I must know immediately that God is nearby, in fact, His Holy Spirit is in me.  I have the comfort of His presence.  Will the problem always immediately be solved?  No.  But God is with me during/after the struggle.  We’re in it together!

Meditating on Psalm 142, I was again struck by the thought that if God isn’t the One I live with, and turn to, then the Adversary is.  There is no in-between space.  Too often that “space” exists in my mind – “I’ll do it my way.  I’ll react my way.  I’ve got this one. ”  There is no, “my way.”  I am either doing God’s Work or the Adversary’s work.

Conclusion: My refuge is God or the Adversary.


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