Happy Friday, friends! If you are participating in Lent this year, how is it going? I hope it has been refreshing and encouraging. If you’re not sure what Lent is, I wrote a blog post about is last Friday and it is linked here, if you want to know more. Every Friday, during Lent, I will be writing about my reflections, verses I’ve been meditating on, and anything that I think will be encouraging for you. There are a few key thoughts that I’ve had this week and some verses that I have been praying over.
Last week I shared the verse in Acts 3:19 that commands us to repent and return to the Lord. This week I have thought about the other side of that and how God is our refuge and He wants us to come to Him. When we come to the Lord, He gives us grace, forgiveness, comfort, strength, peace, and direction for our lives. I read this last night from Isaiah 7:4, which says “Be careful, keep calm, and don’t be afraid” and it reminded me of something I know my parents would say to me, but those are God’s words to me!
God wants us to take refuge in Him to find light. We don’t have to live our lives in darkness because He has overcome the darkness and give us light and life! Isaiah 9:1-2 says, “Nevertheless, the people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness.” Depression, anxiety, fear–all of that, He has already overcome!
God wants us to take refuge in Him to know that He is good and He will never leave us. We are never alone and He has never left, no matter the season of life. He is our sanctuary (Isaiah 8:14). Psalm 145:13 also says, “The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does.”
God wants us to take refuge in Him because we can’t do anything without him. John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.”
I hope these thoughts have been encouraging to you and I hope they make sense. I will be back next week with another blog post about this next week of Lent.
Love from, Amy.