A continuation from the September-October Article, “Who Am I, to God?”
The most well-known prayer in the New Testament begins, “Our Father in heaven…” Matthew 6:9
God, Creator, Sustainer of the universe and all within, has provided through His Son the blessings of knowing Him as our Father, also! Having a good earthly father is wonderful, but only our Father in heaven is perfect.
The coming Messiah is called “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…” Isaiah 9:6. Yet, in John 10:30 Jesus stated, “I and My Father are one.” And in John 10:38, “…the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” Oh, the mystery of the Trinity! And think; this Counselor, while offering all the help we ask for, needs no appointment and will not charge for His advice.
In his second letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul refers to “the God and Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation…” 2 Corinthians 1:3. Paul experienced this comfort in depth after all of his troubles in Asia… “burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.” 2 Corinthians 1:8. His assurance was that, no matter what troubles we have, our God is a God of All Comfort.
The word refuge is described as, “something that provides shelter from pursuit, danger, or trouble.” Think of the shelter in a storm. When the storms of life assail us, we are not left to fend for ourselves; we have a safe place where we can run.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’” Psalm 91:2
In one place, David uses the terms “rock, refuge, and fortress” interchangeably.
“Be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me.” Psalm 31:2
In another place, “For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?” Psalm 18:31
When life’s situations are unstable, we need God, that firm and steady Rock to cling to.
But what if a trial goes on and on, and we’re just plain weary? Good news!
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” Habakkuk 3:19
MY REASON TO REJOICE
Only the Christian faith grants personal presence before the true and mighty God.
The One who dwells in the “heaven and highest heaven.” Deuteronomy 10:14
The One whose “glory is above the heavens… Who dwells on high.” Psalm 113:4,5
Yet who gives us, His created beings, “…boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus…our High Priest.” Hebrews 10:19-21
Therefore, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
“The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.”
– Charles Spurgeon