Several years ago I was concerned with some school decisions being made in my town. I expressed these concerns and was told that the focus was only on doing what was "good enough" for the students. Speaking up left me vulnerable to the insults and motivations of those in power to silence my voice and diminish my influence. While I understand we can never reach perfection here on earth, that doesn't mean we should not strive to be better. As we speak up and try to do better, we may also need a place of refuge!
The world around us is set in its ways, some of which are oppressive and evil. The devil is constantly trying to gain control and broaden his influence over people and the systems that they create. As followers of God, we cannot allow ourselves to be swallowed up by the evil that is around us. We need to recognize the perfection of God and do our best to live up to His expectations. This is not an easy task and not something we can do on our own. However, God is ready to help! We can follow His Word, His guidance, and His voice in our lives. Additionally, we can find comfort, rest, safety in the refuge that He provides. Living for God will not always be easy, but it is possible when we strive for His perfect, loving nature and are protected as we take refuge in Him!
God is perfect! Strive to live out God's perfection by relying on His salvation and finding refuge in Him!
Thank You for redeeming me, leading me, and providing refuge. Help me to live for You and not be overcome by evil. In Jesus I pray, amen.