“9 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.”
We are guaranteed to suffer in this life—some more than others, but all guaranteed. The Christian is especially guaranteed to suffer from this broken world, from their sin and foolishness, and persecution from without. In light of this fact, where are we to go?
The other day, we were at the park as a family. The kiddos were playing like usual. Bree and I were talking, and then, all of a sudden, my daughter came running to me. She had her little arms raised, her eyes were frantic, and her voice high-pitched. She wanted me to pick her up. As I gently grabbed her and pulled her up to me, I asked her what was going on. Sure enough, she told me that some big kids were trying to play on the playground, and she was scared. For saying she was afraid, however, she was surprisingly calm and collected in my arms.
I think of this text in the same way. The Lord does not forsake those who seek Him. He is a stronghold or a refuge for those who seek Him in times of trouble. As natural as it was for my daughter to run to my arms for security, so should we run to our heavenly Father, and He promises to pick us up and keep us safe amid this tumultuous life. My friend, no matter your plight today, run to the Father. His arms are open wide. He loves to care for His children more than we have ever loved or cared for our own. He is our safe place. Walk in peace today, knowing that you can always turn to your Father, who will never disappoint you.
Grace and Peace,