happy is the one who makes God his refuge

Blessed is the One Who Makes God Their Refuge

 

What? I picture myself with death nipping at my heals, my knees torn and bleeding from stumbling, clothes ripped and ragged from racing through briars. I see myself squeaking through the opening into God’s refuge, bent at my waist, gasping for breath. All I feel is relief and suspicion that this God refuge will actually work.

 

But it does.

 

Finding refuge in Christ allows me to stand firm in the battle. It strengthens my faith. It enables me to delight in my God.

 

God, as my refuge, causes my roots to grow deep and wide so that I stay fruitful in times of distress.

 

I stay fruitful and, even, dare I admit, happy.  Blessed is also translated as happy. “Happy is the one who makes God their refuge.” Happy: don’t we all need a triple shot of happy in our days?

 

The Sermon on the Mount

 

Making God my refuge brings to life the Sermon on the Mount:

 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted, blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled, blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy, blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:1-10 ESV

 

The Great Eight

 

  1. When my spirit is helpless, I discover God’s kingdom.
  2. I know comfort in my distress.
  3. Humility provides abundance.
  4. My hunger for righteousness is forever satisfied.
  5. I extend mercy when I receive mercy.
  6. Purity of heart brings clarity and I see God.
  7. There’s only room for peace in God’s refuge.
  8. The persecution that drives me to His refuge brings me to my inheritance.

 

The Discovery

 

I discover the kingdom of God when I make Him my refuge. I receive comfort in my distress and know my inheritance. When God is my refuge I am filled and receive mercy. Making God my refuge strips away my ability to affect change in my life and my heart is purified. When I step back and let God fight for me, I promote peace and am called the Daughter of God. Persecution drives me to make God my refuge and there I know his kingdom.

 

Blessed is the man or woman who runs straight into God’s refuge. Broken. Bleeding. Busted. If you want to be happy despite your circumstances, make God your refuge. You experience blessing. You will know peace in the midst of your fire.

 

On my Facebook profile, I reminded us that not only is God present to help us, but he is also well proved. He has proven himself over and over and over again that he loves and cares for us and never ever leaves or forsakes us. He is trustworthy. He deserves our devotion.

 

And as we devote our lives to him within the refuge he provides, we become blessed. Happy. 

 

I could use a blessing, could you?

 

Let’s determine, together, to run straight into his wide, welcoming arms. We find our refuge, our peace, and our blessings in the sweet place of relationship with him.

 

Application

  • Jot down three big circumstances in your life.
  • Compare them to “The Great Eight”
  • Consider if one of your big three’s fall under one of The Great Eights. Example: if you’re struggling extending mercy, take some time to ponder how much mercy you’ve received. Or, if God is exposing sin in your heart, take a moment to rejoice that he’s bringing you closer to him.
  • Here’s a great resource on happiness and the dare we’re all dared to take: The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee
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