find refuge in God at lent #3

find refuge in God at lent

today week seek to find refuge in God.

ref·uge [ref-yooj] noun
1. shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.: to take refuge from a storm.
2. a place of shelter, protection, or safety.
3. anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

suffered: the devils purpose for us, which is to disable, discourage, and destroy.

Acts 14:22 (ESV) – strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
Hebrews 2:10 (NIV) – In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.

God suffered too, He is not making us go through something he has not already gone through. He understands our hurts. He cares for us deeply.
John 16:33 (NIV) – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 I have overcome the world

a little while: may be referring to a degree or length of time

At the most, it is for but a little while. Remember how often the Lord Jesus repeated the words, it is only “a little while” (John 16:16, 17, 18, 19)
Sometimes are sufferings may seem severe while we are living it. It may seem like it’s too much weight to carry. But in comparison to the exceeding and eternal weight of glory, it’s actually quite light.
Everything we suffer here on earth is short compared to eternity.

God uses our suffering for His glory. For God’s purpose to be realized in the future it requires some pain in the present.

“Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.”
― Rick WarrenThe Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

“Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.”
― Rick WarrenThe Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

For a little while…But friends, there is an end in sight…
That doesn’t say forever or always, it says For a little while
Jesus is coming back and when he does, ALL suffering will END.

Spend time thanking God for the suffering he has brought into your life. Thank him for using your pain to help others.

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