He Is Close

Wes Devotional_August2023

The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in Him. Nahum 1:7 NLT

Where do you go when you are seeking a refuge? I’ve known people who have a physical place or prayer area set up so they can always pray in a familiar place. Some may take a drive in their vehicle and find a safe place there with no one else around.

I don’t know about you, but when I need a place of refuge, or trouble has come, it’s not about place for me, it’s about presence. God doesn’t have any actual forts or bullet and bomb proof shelters, but He is the actual fortress. It is in Him that I find my protection. It is in His presence that I can feel secure.

When you trust Him, you will find Him to be close. As I am writing this today, I am aware of friends with great struggles going on at this moment.

One is waiting on a call from the doctor regarding a cancer scan, and another is waiting to see her husband who has been in the hospital for nearly 30 days without access to family and friends. The news has the potential to be negative every day. Emotions run high and fear is often way too near.

Press in close to Jesus. Call out to Him. Take time to be quiet and listen for His voice of refuge deep in your soul. Run to Him. Be aware of His presence because this presence is your refuge and place of safety.
Dear God, who else do I have to run to for refuge but you? As good as my family and friends may be, it is you, Lord, that provides me the safety I need and long for. Amen.

Pastor Wes Humble is Executive Director of Ministry, Community Relations, and Events.