A Safe Place

Monday, September 4, 2017
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Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. (ESV)

Psalm 46:1,7 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. (ESV)

Many of us are familiar with today's verses, or if not, then the sentiment that they convey, namely, that God looks after His own, who are in His kingdom. In times of trouble, we can spiritually and mentally run into His presence and know that we are safe, because His Word says so.

How have I achieved this? Simple! All I have to do is say, "In the name of Jesus, God, please h-e-e-e-l-p!" In the urgency of the moment, a simple "Help!" is sufficient. I know that I have done it and have known God to overcome, sometimes instantly. There have been instances of deliverance from evil when I woke up in the presence of a spirit, deliverance from fear and anxiety when I was oppressed by managers, and deliverance from sickness when I was in hospital. It is simple, but not always easy to follow through on my part, especially when my plans for the way forward have been derailed by God.

As a result, I would like to think that most of my wilfulness has been kicked out of me by now. Reality says, sadly, "No", but I hope that I am a little wiser, and a little less sneaky at holding out on God in some areas!

The truth is that I have learnt that God hears; He knows; He sees; He understands. He does not turn His back on us, even when, in truth, we have been everywhere but in His presence before the throne. He will be with us through the storm because He is always faithful to His loved ones. He knows our end from the beginning.

No matter where we are before God today, let us grab with both hands the gift of love found in Jesus. Love overcomes a multitude of sins. That is why Jesus came, so that we could run to Him and say:

"Abba, Father, help!"

Prayer: Lord, we rejoice that wherever we have been, regardless of our meanderings, today, You are waiting for us to put the world down and to come before Your throne to make our confessions, intercessions, and petitions. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Rod Marshall <roderickhenrymarshall@gmail.com>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A good word, Rod.

    Your devotional helped me today.

    Thank you Rod. This fit my need today to know God is always there no matter what.

    Rod, this is a good basic truth for us all to grab! Sent it on to my Grandson because that is his verse and strength in God too.

    Rod, the message of this devotional echoes another one I receive in my inbox! God is so consistent in making sure we hear Him. Praising God for this word today. Blessings.

    God bless you for the “SAFE PLACE!” As if back to God’s love over you.
    Going forth in Christ’s Holy Name! Blessed peace to you and yours!

    Hi Rod
    Thank you for the reminder that God never leaves or forsakes us, even though we leave His presence for a time.

    Dear Rod,
    Another good one. The Lord has definitely gifted you with His Word.
    Keep on keeping on.
    ((North Carolina)

    Dear Rod,
    What a powerful devotional, full of faith and life experience. I am sure you will help many people in their walk of faith today. I certainly was!
    Every best wish.

    Hi Rod
    Thank you for writing those good words, Psalm 46 is one of our favorite Psalms which I quote quite often.

    Thank you Rod for your devotional today.
    It is especially comforting and encouraging to know God is our “strong tower”.
    Continue to write as God inspires you,
    (B.C. Canada)

    Greetings Rod,
    As I was reading through this devotional I thought to myself that you were the author. Thanks for these thoughts.
    I am praying a lot of “help Jesus ” prayers specially for my adult children who do not know the Lord and for our little struggling country church.
    Warm greetings to you and your family.

    Rod, it is interesting how Robin manages to schedule these Devotions to fit the needs of the readers.
    I had someone write to me from Zambia the other day, asking for prayer for a concern of hers. I have sent her a copy of your devotion, hoping it will reminder her of God’s presence and give her strength and comfort.
    Thank you for this. God is there, and He knows us well.

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