Awareness, Spirituality

Our Refuge and Our Fortress

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

~Psalm 91:2 – ESV ~

~ Read: Genesis 7-8; Psalm 3:1-4; Proverbs 1:20-22; and Matthew 4:1-25 ~

On April 22, 1864, Congress approved the national motto “In God We Trust” to be printed on the 2-cent coins. Thereafter, this motto appeared on silver coins. The national Motto eventually was approved to be placed on all US currency by 1966.

Noah placed his trust in God. Despite the mocking of society, Noah followed God in building of the ark. A place of refuge and fortress for his family and those animals that were brought into the ark.

Obedience is the cornerstone to our faith in God. While Noah’s obedience led to God’s blessing and reward, the disobedience of his contemporaries led to their destruction.

~ Charles Stanley – Life Principles Daily Bible, NASB, 2011 ~

Our faith in Jesus Christ saves us from the condemnation and judgment of God upon those who walk in disobedience. Because of our faith in Christ, we are brought into the refuge and fortress of a Sovereign God’s love, mercy and grace. We still experience the pains and sufferings of mortality, however, our perspective is not anthropocentric, our perspective is spiritually based on a Sovereign God – whom we have placed our trust in.

We grow in our faith and trust in God by our willingness to follow Him in obedience. The savior says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. ” (See, Matthew 16:24 and Luke 9:23, ESV). This is a daily action on our part and it begins with our willingness to trust in Christ and our Heavenly Father. Trusting in the will of God as opposed to trusting in our own will.

Let us, therefore, continue to trust in the Sovereign God, our Heavenly Father, and His Son, whom he has sent – Jesus Christ. For Christ is our refuge and our fortress where we are saved.

  1. What is preventing you from entering into the ark of God’s grace and walk in obedience to His divine will?
  2. How are you committed in walking in God’s divine will and grace for your life today?
  3. How is trusting in your own will, desire and abilities preventing you from experiencing Heavenly Blessings and freedom through the Grace of God?

Father, you are my refuge and my fortress and I place my trust in you each and every day. Strengthen me to conform to your will and not mine. Draw me into your arms and guide my thoughts so that I emulate you in all things and in all ways. Help me with strength and courage to walk in obedience.