Crossroads: God Is Our Refuge

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Psalm 91:9-16

Your Story

How has God protected you in your life? Talk about some ways that God has answered your prayers.

My Story and the Bible Story

Last week our devotion was on times when it seems like God isn’t there. This week’s psalm is a reminder to us that God is always there and that God is our refuge. When I was a sixth grader, I felt lonely and isolated. My mom and stepdad were getting a divorce, my church was splitting, and I had no friends at school. I felt like I had nobody to turn to. So I turned to God. I prayed and prayed that God would help me and that God would remind me that I wasn’t alone. God was my refuge during that time. He was the One I turned to when I didn’t have anything else. And He rescued me from my loneliness. God sent me a friend. A new girl transferred to my school and we became great friends. Her name was Jessica as well, and we did everything together. I never saw her again after we graduated from elementary school. But I know that God answered my prayers and rescued me from loneliness.

Read Psalm 91:9-16. From The Message: “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. “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”

God is our refuge. He cares for us and we can trust Him to help us. The Psalmist even says that you will walk unharmed among lions and snakes. While I don’t recommend trying to walk next to a lion or a bunch of snakes, the point is that God is with us. Bad things happen sometimes. But God is always there and we can trust Him to always take care of us. That doesn’t mean that something bad won’t happen. But what it does mean is that we are God’s children and that no matter what happens, we will always be with Him. And God can take whatever happens and make something good in our lives. Whatever happens, God is always by our side. You can always run to God and He will not only listen to you, but He will answer as well.

Discussion

• Ask your children to talk about times when God has helped them.
• Talk about how you and your family can share the stories of how God has helped each of you with others.

Prayer

Thank God for His help. Ask Him to remind you that He is your refuge.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

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