For Those in Anguish

PSALM 11:1—“In the Lord I take refuge.”

GOD HAS NEVER FAILED ME,” wrote George Mueller (1805-1898).

“Even in my greatest difficulties, heaviest trials, and deepest poverty and need…I was enabled by God’s grace to trust Him, He has always come to my aid. I delight in speaking well of His name.”

Martin Luther (1483-1546), deep in thought and needing to grasp hidden strength during a time of danger and fear in his life, was seen tracing on the table with his finger the words, “He lives! He lives!”

I’d be a basket case if I had not made the commitment to seek God first over 33 years ago.

Taking refuge in Him has allowed me to endure a failed Texas church plant in 2015 and gave me the strength to persevere when, at my next church, 2/3 of my new congregation abandoned me—including my wife.

I trusted Christ when having to put my home up for sale in 2019 and taking a 2nd job as a bus driver to make ends meet—when the future seemed darkest—God was my ever-present help in time of need.

He was there in 2023 when I endured four deaths and was forced to resign from the church I loved to pastor.

And He’ll be there for my next great adventure that, at age 65, I never thought I would be called to do.

When you develop a habit of putting God first in your life, reading His Word, meditating on Him, practicing His presence, the reality of Who he is will become yours.

”For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.“ (Psalms‬ ‭11‬:‭7‬)
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