Psalm 919 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
We all hope to find Jesus to be as Wonderful as the Gospels. To meet and spend time with Jesus is to find Love and Hope. To be so immersed in love to be renewed in Joy and Expectation. Even the pallbearers of the Widow of Nain had to stop and wait as Jesus merely touched the bier of the widow's son.
This is to be in love. To have all problems cast down. Jesus, it is written, has all things under His Feet.
I have been in Bible Studies were we asked why did the Book of Acts stop? And the truth is, in faith, believers probably do see amazing miracles each day. Seeing them is to find you are Salt and Light. Meaning - we have to look to see this.
4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as
you were called
to the one hope that belongs to your call—
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
We can neglect a gift. Or we can treasure and encourage and build up.
I have seen the true miracles were there is no other explanation. And I have seen the miracles disregarded twice. If not three times. Sure - but - we might just starve to death in this desert. Love is different than "in love". Love has endurance and faith. Even Jesus came down off the mountain top to find His work was in progress, to co-workers in a dither and the crowd demanding another series of awe.
Maybe this is what highly contributed to the fulfillment of God's Plan. The people wanted another go around of miracles - come off the cross Jesus - You saved others. Make Rome Go Away.
The relationship of the crowd to Jesus the Lord remained at a level of 'what can you give me' and what power to I have over you for not giving to me. They remained in a flux of give to me. And we grant the King of Kings popularity to survive Herod and the Temple. Jesus acknowledged this when the people continued to ask to be fed for free.
Jesus returned to find His fearful 10 disciples. Jesus returned to find the 500. Jesus then spread to the rest of the world as those who had seen the Widow of Nain's son revive to live. Jesus spread through the multitudes for the millenniums as those people realized Jesus was King of All for Eternity.
Love is different. Love requires something of God that we expect in a family relationship. We expect to share. Share the resources. Share the Glory. Let others have a turn having their day. Rejoice with them in their happiness. Love will bear all things (God would want to have borne). Love rejoices. Love says I bow to the will of another.
What do we expect when God is our refuge? To be filled with mercy and salvation requires what? Gratitude. Humility. Joy. Belief that God is God. Knowing His storehouses do not run out. Acknowledge this is indeed true. And yet we do not say "My Father who is in Heaven", Jesus taught us to pray "Our Father who is in Heaven" because what we are saying is we believe that our prayers are important to God. Important enough that God actually takes the time in His Word to ask for our conversation.
We pray "Your Will be Done" and we need to believe this is indeed good.
God is our refuge. Jesus says children ask their Father for a lot. And Jesus says God is not the judge who has to be pestered. And then Jesus says we can be so bold to have access to God and feel free to tell Him again and again what we need in Prayer. Because we know God is indeed working. One of my favorite sermons of my life of 5 decades is to remember one I heard as a pre-teen from Father Ted Nelson of Dallas. Fr Ted said he knew when his son really did require something and he paid attention. So this is with prayer.
Do we need the ones we love with us in Eternity? Then our obligation is to ask Jesus to fill them with His Love. And expect this of God. Because Salvation really is of God.
And really, if we pray expectantly - we should never fail to be in complete Thanksgiving for the answers we see. And sometimes that 'No' is for the absolute best. And can be a "Wait".
Good and Blessed of God. Father God is our Refuge. And our God Almighty is the Refuge of the ones we love. And all of our cares and concerns. Our thanksgivings for needs met and solutions to problems at home well at hand. And joy in His helping the timing of our prayers. And His joy to be our Father.
Blessing us, He is our refuge in our Churches believing in Jesus. Forgiveness to overcome the comment and the advice for life unwanted. To begin to trust again in the love in the Light of Christ. And in our work places. Our State. In the unbelievable election. In our Nation yesterday, today and tomorrow. For all the people who ask Abba in the name of Jesus - He sees us and His creation as Good. Covered in the Name of Jesus, Jesus Lives in me and in you. Amen - so be His Will as Good.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †