“The Lord said to Joshua, “Now tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed Moses. Anyone who kills another person accidentally and unintentionally can run to one of these cities; they will be places of refuge from relatives seeking revenge for the person who was killed. These cities were set apart for all the Israelites as well as the foreigners among them.” Joshua 20:1-9 NLT
Where do I find my refuge?
“Not a single one of all the good promises of the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.” Joshua 21:44-45 NLT
When I get impatient and start to feel weary, this verse gives me renewed hope.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NLT
I can get complacent and forget that he calls me to be a testimony for him. At times I just want to go about my day and get my tasks done. But, this is most often when God will put someone in my path who needs to hear about him.
“Lord, there is no one like you! For you are great, and your name is full power. Who would fear you, O King of the nations? The title belongs to you alone! Among all the wise people of the earth and in all the kingdoms of the world, there is no one like you.” Jeremiah 10:6&7 NLT
I am thankful that God knows the future and I don’t have to. I can get so caught up in thinking too far ahead that it causes me to be anxious and fearful. He is sovereign.
“So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” Matthew 24:42-44 NLT
My daughter and I went out to lunch after church this past Sunday. And my car was broken into. Thankfully we were fine and nothing valuable was stolen. It was more that we were taken off guard. What a picture it was for me, that I want to live my life in a way that I am not surprised by the Lord’s return. I want to be ready.
“I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.” Jeremiah 10:23&24 NLT
Dear Father, I surrender my life to you again. Thank you for your love, mercy and patience with me. Thank you for your Holy Spirit. I want to be set apart to do your work. I put my trust in you. Amen.