Over the past few weeks, you’ve had plenty of time to consider where you should go for help, refuge, guidance, etcetera.
I’m hoping these articles about the song: “Where should I go, seeking a refuge for my soul” have made you consider where, or to whom, you should turn.
One last thought I’d like to follow, with regard to this song, is about turning to the Lord and speaking to Him at all times.
You might have heard many times, like me, that the best thing to do in any situation, especially bad or difficult ones, is to turn to the Lord and ask for His help. Instead of immediately trying to figure things out for yourself or instantly asking advice from another person. [Phil 4:6-7]
Go to God first, that’s the advice - easier said than done, right?
When I was about 12, I heard my first message about that. This message stayed with me, so the next day, on my way to school - I still remember exactly where and when - I made up my mind to give it a try.
However, because I knew myself and that I’d probably forget, I did the only thing I knew, I prayed. I said something like: “Holy Spirit, I heard that I should speak to God all the time and turn to You before turning to anyone else. I want to do that, but I need Your help. Please remind me to speak with You all the time. Amen”
That was it; that simple. It turned out to be the starting point of an amazing journey in which I’ve learned to speak with God all the time.
Now, no matter the situation: when I can’t make a decision, when I’m afraid, unsure or in desperate need of help; when I’m sad, upset, angry or feeling down, even when I just need someone to talk to; I turn to the Lord, who is always there, just waiting for me to speak to Him.
And I know He hears me.
And I know He answers me.
Not with an audible voice; not, for the most part, in a visible way; but through a feeling of peace inside, an impression of surety, an open door where there wasn’t one before, or through a word from the Bible or another person.
God is faithful.
He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17)
No matter what is going on in your life. No matter who you are or what your past experiences have been, God, who is the refuge for my soul, can also be yours.
Every day, 24/7. He is there, right beside you, waiting for you to talk to Him.
So that He can work on your behalf and help you through life’s challenges.
The same way I learned to speak with God all the time, turning to Him as a refuge, is the same way you can do it.
Begin with the prayer for help, like I did.
Why not give it a try?