There are many things going wrong with the world today. Earthquakes seem to be occurring with an increased frequency, diseases and viruses are mutating and multiplying, problems within people and amongst people seem to be getting out of hand. Labels for disorders seem to be growing faster than grass in a field. Think about it, back in the 60s and 70s, conditions like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism had no name amongst the common people, and our parents used to be able to put them right with a good tight slap. Looking at the world today, it sometimes makes me think our Father will look upon the world this way.

“The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5 [AMPC]

But this actually comes as no surprise. For as the apostle Paul said,

“For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].
For the creation (nature) was subjected to frailty (to futility, condemned to frustration), not because of some intentional fault on its part, but by the will of Him Who so subjected it—[yet] with the hope
That nature (creation) itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and corruption [and gain an entrance] into the glorious freedom of God’s children.
We know that the whole creation [of irrational creatures] has been moaning together in the pains of labor until now.” Romans 8:19-22 [AMPC]

The world and all of God’s creation has been subjected to frailty the minute our Father said this to Adam,

“Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28

For they all have been put under the dominion of us, we who are dust (Psalm 103:14). So it is little wonder then why the world is in such a state, because we have mucked it all up, again. Makes you see ‘save the world’ campaigns with a whole new sense of responsibility and urgency, doesn’t it?

But beloved, like errant children who, in a moment; or in our case, centuries; of folly, messed up the kitchen, we have no ability to clean it up without our Father’s help. And while that might make us look irresponsible, because we leave it to our Father to clean our mess up, that really is the situation. We were the ones that messed it up. And even if we had the technology, we neither have the collective will nor selfless desire to work together to clean it all up. And if that makes you feel bad toward our Father, the way our children sometimes feel guilty after they have created a mess too big for them to handle, then good on you, for you have come to a good realization of our Father’s love and you can start to live in His favor and protection. If this is you, beloved, there is just one thing to keep in mind.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

And this sense of our Father’s love will grow even stronger when you see what He has to say to you.

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16 [AMPC]

Our Father tells us that when we set our love on Him, because we acknowledge Him as our Father, because we entrust our lives to Him, He will make sure that He does all He can to give us a personal knowledge, an intimate encounter of His love, mercy and kindness. Because we know that He will never forsake us, He will never forsake us. And He does not treat us condescendingly either. He instead honors us.

But sometimes these two simple verses get lost on us. We start to see them as mere fairy’s tales because when faced with problems on our immediate horizon, words become intangible. Yet that is especially when we should stop letting the world get to us and distract us from our Father’s love. For remember,

“sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you,” Genesis 4:7 [AMP]

And Satan is constantly asking excessively that all who believe be given up to him and taken out of the power and keeping of God, that he might sift all of us like grain (Luke 22:31);

So all the more, we need to resist the distractions and stay in the power and keeping of God our Father. Because when we do, we will come to this realization that David had.

“You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
under them you’re perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
drop like flies right and left,
no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
their job is to keep you from falling.
You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
and kick young lions and serpents from the path.” Psalm 91:1-13 [MSG]

In the day, you are with our Father. In the night, our Father stands, torch in hand, keeping watch over you, looking out for dangers that might befall you. That is why His shadow is cast onto you, beloved child of God, the precious one whom He is watching over.

As you walk through life, even if you walk through the shadow of death, His rod and staff are only there to comfort you because His own arms are outstretched to fend off all harm and rescue you from hidden traps. Missiles may fly, bullets zing past, home-made explosives may go off around you, but they will not go near you. Even if quakes come and eruptions occur, even if all around you drop like flies, no harm will come to you and you will watch, untouched, from a distance.

Beloved, our Father need not have protected us from the harm we did to ourselves. He did not will global warming; He did not will ozone depletion and surely He did not will interracial intolerance. In fact, when Jesus was walking this earth, Jew, Gentile, Samaritan and even Roman, all got healed, all got ministered to. Indeed, our Father could have left us all to die and wipe us all out the same way He did during Noah’s time. He need not have promised,

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:9-10

He knew just what a great big mess we will make out of this world of His; and what an even bigger mess we will make out of our lives. Yet He sent Jesus to die on the cross, in our place, so that our Father can say to us,

“Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

So because “He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

Therefore take David’s advice,

“Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
I trust in you and I’m safe!”” Psalm 91:2 [MSG]

For that is the unchangeable truth for us, children of God.

And friend, if you have never made our Father your refuge, if you have never put your trust in our Father and would like to right now, you can. Jesus has come that,

“…as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

It is our Father’s will that you be His child, that you be protected and provided for, that you be loved. So if you would like to make Him your refuge, then say this to Him right now.

“Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You that even though I messed up the beautiful life that You gave me, You still love me so much that not only do you not hold my sin against me, You made Jesus bear the punishment, the guilt and the shame of them all on the cross for me, so that right now I can be right with You. Thank You Jesus that not only are you not angry with me for making it necessary for You to suffer, You gladly bore it so that bleeding, I might have my sins completely remitted; dying, I might die to sin with you; and rising, I might rise into a new life in You. Father, indeed, You are my refuge. I trust in you now and I know I am safe. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved, our Father has promised that He will always answer us, He will be with us when we are in trouble, He will deliver us and honor us and satisfy us with long life. Set your trust on Him and let Him reveal to you a personal knowledge, let Him give you an intimate encounter of His love, mercy and kindness and let Him save you, especially from yourself.

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