Find Retreat in God

The world needs peace and safety. Peace and safety are conditions that are too valuable for anyone to have in this age where restlessness and uncertainties are common. Adding to the burden is the present complications brought by COVID-19. Where is the safest place? Apparently, in the present situation, the home is the best place to be safe. The truth is, however, there is no perfect place to be safe. Even some homes cannot guarantee safety. There are many cases of harm and abuse that occur in the confines of the home. There are crimes committed in homes. The home, which ideally, should be a place of refuge and security, can also be the place where abuse happens. On the contrary, there are also situations where there is no outward demonstration of chaos, but inwardly, the mental and emotional aspects of the person are shattered. Just imagine how much peace is needed in the world today. Ponder on how safety is gravely needed by many people in this present time. It is important for anyone to feel peaceful and safe. It enables one to live life to its maximum potential, be happy, and be focused in everyday activities. God’s plan is that we can live an abundant life (John 10:10). Jesus Christ longs that we enjoy peace in life through Him. It is God alone who can give us a place of peace and safety.

I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (WEB)

God is your sanctuary in every situation. I am particularly awed by how gracious and faithful God is to the sinful and stubborn Israel while reading Ezekiel. In Chapter 11, God told Israel through Prophet Ezekiel that He is going to bring judgement on them because of their sins and disobedience. Israel was living according to the ways of other nations and not according to the counsel of God. Yet, even when God scattered them to strange or foreign lands, God told them:

“Therefore say, ‘The Lord Yahweh says: “Whereas I have removed them far off among the nations, and whereas I have scattered them among the countries, yet I will be to them a sanctuary for a little while in the countries where they have come.” ’ – Ezekiel 11:16 (WEB)

God remained with them. He stayed with them even when He had driven them out from their own land. He stayed to be their place of refuge and protection. He was their sanctuary during their time of hardship and suffering. He kept them in their sight. God remained faithful to them.

There are situations in your life when you may feel that you are abandoned by God or it seemed that God does not care for you at all. There are situations when God Himself allows you to be in a place where you feel uncomfortable, insecure, anxious, or unsafe. These situations are needed because they drive you in total dependence to God. To be able to fully experience God’s rich grace and blessings, you need to fully depend on God. To be able to experience the place of peace and safety, you must find sanctuary in God. God can only be your place of sanctuary when you allow Him to be be your source of peace, security, and fufillment in life. Being dependent on God would enable you to see with your eyes wide open how faithful God is in working out details in your life for your welfare. When you make it a practice to depend on God daily, you would be able to understand His ways. You would be able to experience the graces He gives you in every circumstance you face. You would be convinced that, indeed, God is faithful and He never leaves your side. Dependency on God and acknowledgement of His Lordship in your life would bring you to a place where God becomes your sanctuary in every situation and in every need you have.

There is hope for peace and security. You can find it in God. God is the best place for retreat to keep you at peace and to keep you safe at all times.

Published by Deborah Agustin

A High School Teacher who loves to write.

6 thoughts on “Find Retreat in God

  1. Ohh He is the Omnipresent
    I liked it when you said, “Dependency on God and acknowledgement of His Lordship in your life would bring you to a place where God becomes your sanctuary in every situation and in every need you have.”

    Thank you so much Debs❤

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