God is Your Refuge – August 9, 2017

The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
Joel 3:16

God is Your Refuge

Daily Devotion – August 9, 2017

Devotion based on Joel 3:16

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We needed a shelter, a refuge from the storm! We were on a rafting trip on an East Tennessee river. We had stopped for lunch and the guide asked if we wanted to end our trip then, or go on. “Oh, we’ll go on!” we enthusiastically replied, and into our rafts we climbed and began to paddle down the river once again.

About 30 minutes later the skies opened up. There was a strong wind, a cold, hard, drenching rain, and the thunder rolled as the lightning cracked! We pulled our two rafts off the river as quickly as possible, stood the rafts against each other on their sides to create a makeshift “A” frame shelter. We huddled underneath, soaked and shivering, while we waited for the rafting company to come and pick us up. It wasn’t much of a shelter, but it was something! And we were grateful for it!

Someday the end of the world will come. “The LORD” has promised it—the LORD always keeps his promises. The LORD has promised that he will roar and thunder so strongly that the earth and the sky itself will tremble and shake. And sinners like you and me have to face that! Wow, do we need to refuge, a shelter!

God promises that HE will be our shelter. The LORD who always keeps his promises—he will shelter us and be our refuge. The one who lived for us, died for us, and rose for us—he will protect us from the judgment which we deserve. Why? Because the LORD thundered and roared at himself, at Jesus, who bore our sins on the cross. So, the Last Day no longer means punishment for those who trust in Jesus. Rather, the Last Day means only salvation for those who trust in Jesus.

God himself will be your refuge, your stronghold. He promises. And he always keeps his promises!

O LORD, remind me that you have promised to be my refuge not only at the Last Day, but all through my life. Amen.

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