Taking Refuge

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For Sunday September 18, 2022

Deuteronomy 33:27
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

John Elliott had trekked many miles through the deep snows of the mountain passes of the Rockies in southwestern Alberta, Canada. As dusk and exhaustion overcame him, he decided to rest. He made it wearily to his cabin but was so tired that it didn’t cross his mind to light a fire or put on warm clothes. Outside, the blizzard continued to thrash the old cabin walls, but Elliott fell silent, paralyzed by the lure of sweet sleep.

Suddenly his dog, a St. Bernard, sprang into action and, with unrelenting whines, finally managed to rouse his near-comatose master. “If that dog hadn’t been with me, I’d be dead today,” Elliott said later. “When you’re freezing to death, you actually feel warm all over and don’t wake up because it feels too good.”

This moving story illustrates the spiritual condition of many people today. They are cold spiritually and oblivious of their true condition. But God is close by to arouse such sleepers. He sends messengers to nudge them awake. If you’re feeling sleepy, don’t ignore God’s prodding. Instead, thank Him for His loving disturbances which will save you from an eternal death.

Conscience tells us that we ought to do right, but it does not tell us what
right is—that we are taught by God’s word.


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David Jeremiah, Turning Points with God: 365 Daily Devotions (Tyndale, 2014)
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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