Refresh Day 29: Chariots of God

“…suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared…and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.”

2 Kings 2:11

God has the ability to take us from where we are to where He wants us to be. The exciting and dynamic ministry of Elijah had come to an end. His service on earth was complete, and it was time for God to take him to heaven. To accomplish this translation God sent a chariot of fire to take Elijah to the place God wanted him to be. As God moved Elijah, so too God has places he wants each of us to go. He wants us to move to places of Christ-like character and service. He uses a variety of chariots to take us there.

We may not recognize these chariots at first because when we see them they just look like fire. They appear to threaten and harm us. Sometimes these fires come from other people and their intentional or unintentional sins against us. Their words of attack or violent acts wound deeply and cause us pain. Joseph experienced this at the hands of his brothers. Sometimes these fires have a satanic origin. The Evil One is out to destroy our faith and joy, so he sends fires of trial to scorch our soul and burn our confidence in God. Job experienced satanic fires, as did the Apostle Paul with his thorn in the flesh. Sometimes the fiery tests are sent from God himself. Remember that Jesus sent his disciples into the storm (Mt 14).

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When we find ourselves being scorched by the fires life brings, we have a choice to make. We can become bitter and resentful or we can invite God to turn these trials into chariots of fire that take us where he wants us to go. Joseph entrusted his brothers’ violence to God and became a ruler in Egypt. Job learned new revelations about God, and Paul was taken to a new experience of grace through the satanic assaults he suffered. The disciples were moved to worship through the trial of the wind.

God has places he wants to take you in terms of your character and service. He uses chariots of fire to take you there. Make the choice of faith, and entrust your fiery experiences into his care. He will take you where he wants you to go.

Prayer starter: Dear God, thank you for your wise purposes. Give me grace to trust as I ride in your chariots of fire.

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LyndonAbout the Author: Lyndon Wall served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada for fourteen years. He has also served the Jos, Nigeria mission community by providing pastoral care. Lyndon is the founder of Refresh Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in ministry enjoy “healthy souls.”  Lyndon earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

refresh-devotionals-front-coverThis excerpt is from Lyndon’s devotional book Refresh. Lyndon wrote Refresh specifically for pastors, missionaries, and ministry workers whose souls have been parched by the stresses and tests of life. Stress is a reality of life. It can harm and drain us of vital energy. It must be responded to wisely. This devotional book was written to help you encounter Jesus Christ, the great refresher of the soul and give insights that will help you live with a renewed and joyful heart.

Refresh Day 28: Mind Food

  “My soul is downcast within me;

therefore I will remember you…”

Psalm 42:6

Even in our dark hours, God has given us the ability to choose. The psalmist was enduring a time of isolation from God and the places he loved. He was far from Jerusalem and the tabernacle, which was God’s dwelling place. He was in the North of Israel at Mount Hermon, which was as far north in Israel as you could go. He was longing for God. “Where can I go to meet with God?” he asked. He was oppressed by people: “Men say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’” He endured the questions of the unbelieving, yet he couldn’t really answer their accusations, for God at this point did not seem active in his interests. The psalmist was isolated from his people. He had once led the joyful procession of worshippers, but now he was alone.

The experience of isolation brings deep grief to one’s heart. The writer was isolated from God, from the things he loved, from the favor of his people, and from his home. He became very discouraged. Yet in his time of a downcast heart, he realized that his discouragement had not eliminated his power to set the agenda for his thoughts. He chose to remember the Lord in his time of discouragement and isolation.

Is there a sense of discouragement clouding your soul? Remember you have not lost your ability to choose what dominates your thinking. You are the gatekeeper of your mind. Remember the Lord from your place of isolation and hope in him.

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1.   What factors in your life are causing you a sense of discouragement?

2.   How has this affected your mindset about your life?

3.   What is one aspect of God that can give you a sense of comfort?

Prayer starter: Lord, help me apply the medicine of memory to my downcast heart. 

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LyndonAbout the Author: Lyndon Wall served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada for fourteen years. He has also served the Jos, Nigeria mission community by providing pastoral care. Lyndon is the founder of Refresh Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in ministry enjoy “healthy souls.”  Lyndon earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

refresh-devotionals-front-coverThis excerpt is from Lyndon’s devotional book Refresh. Lyndon wrote Refresh specifically for pastors, missionaries, and ministry workers whose souls have been parched by the stresses and tests of life. Stress is a reality of life. It can harm and drain us of vital energy. It must be responded to wisely. This devotional book was written to help you encounter Jesus Christ, the great refresher of the soul and give insights that will help you live with a renewed and joyful heart.

Refresh Day 27: Repentance and Rest

 

“In repentance and rest is your salvation,

in quietness and trust is your strength…

Isaiah 30:15

The brutal forces of Assyria were threatening to flood the land of Israel. The Assyrian armies were an instrument of correction in the Lord’s hands. Yet the Lord had a way out, a way to stop the impending disaster and bondage that was now to com. It was the way of repentance and rest. The way to peace and security for Israel was to turn away from the sinful practices they had been embracing and trust God for his protection. Yet Israel chose to run somewhere else for help. They chose to trust in the Egyptians to protect them. The Lord made it clear that this choice would not save them: “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help…” (Is 31:1). The wisdom of man would be ineffective against the working of God.

God is attracted to repentant and believing hearts. Remember that Jesus came to his people after John the Baptist had called them to repentance. Repentance and rest bring us to God and him to us. The Scriptures say the Lord exalts the humble, is near the broken-hearted, opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. He also stands with those who live by faith and trust in him. The Bible says without faith it is impossible to please him (Hb 11:6).

Repentance and rest are two sides of the same coin, a coin which holds for us a great promise. In repentance we turn away from other gods and objects of trust. In rest we turn to the true God and his faithfulness. The two go together. The promise God gives to those who choose a little repentance and rest is his help. For the Israelites it was salvation from the advancing hordes of the Assyrian army. For the Christian it is freedom from the onslaughts of advancing sin and evil forces. God draws near to repentant, resting hearts.

Unfortunately, the people of Israel would not accept God’s offer. They chose to trust the forces of Egypt rather than the precepts of God. Their choice led them to suffer unimagined brutality. When we refuse to repent and rest, we too leave ourselves open to the brutalizing forces of sin and Satan.

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God is waiting to draw near. It’s time for some R and R.

Prayer starter: Lord, reveal the “Egypts” I am running to. 

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LyndonAbout the Author: Lyndon Wall served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada for fourteen years. He has also served the Jos, Nigeria mission community by providing pastoral care. Lyndon is the founder of Refresh Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in ministry enjoy “healthy souls.”  Lyndon earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

refresh-devotionals-front-coverThis excerpt is from Lyndon’s devotional book Refresh. Lyndon wrote Refresh specifically for pastors, missionaries, and ministry workers whose souls have been parched by the stresses and tests of life. Stress is a reality of life. It can harm and drain us of vital energy. It must be responded to wisely. This devotional book was written to help you encounter Jesus Christ, the great refresher of the soul and give insights that will help you live with a renewed and joyful heart.

Refresh Day 26: From Fear to Folly

 

“Do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.

The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.”

Isaiah 8:12b-13

Intimidating people can easily steal the place in our hearts that is to be reserved for God alone. God reserves the right to have the final say over our lives. It is the only position of power fitting for who he is. Giving him this place in our heart is the clearest expression of his lordship. God is not given his full place when we keep him as a mere advisor whom we can take or leave. He is not to be usurped by pretenders to the throne of our life who would claim our total allegiance. Some of these pretenders are those who could inflict on us much hurt. In these verses God calls Isaiah to resist the tendency to fear the brutal Assyrians. He is teaching Isaiah to keep people in their rightful place no matter how intimidating they are. Isaiah’s countrymen have not kept this perspective and sinned as a result. They placed their trust in the foreign armies, mediums, and spiritists (Is 8:19) rather than in the protection of God.

It is here where fear becomes folly. Fear can take the place of God in our hearts. It can easily claim our full allegiance. It can control our thoughts, actions and attitudes. It can keep us from carrying out our God-given purposes and assignments. We need to guard against this theft of the “God place” when we are living in threatening circumstances with fear inspiring people. Yet it happens so easily.

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It happens because we know the harm others can do to us. Israel knew very well the brutality of the Assyrians. Their reputation was one of vicious violence. So too we know the impact fearsome people have. We can see tangible harm in the lives of other people they have brutalized. We see that it may happen to us, and so we begin to be afraid. Here God’s rightful place can easily be stolen. Fear can become all-consuming and controlling. Here we must choose who will control us. Let us keep the God place for him alone. The Apostle Paul reminded us of this truth when he wrote, “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear what they fear,’ do not be frightened. But set apart Christ as Lord” (1 Pt 3:14-15). Peter is teaching us to make sure we do not allow fear to rule us. We are to keep the throne of our heart for Christ alone.

Prayer starter: Lord, help me guard the control center of my heart. Enable me to keep it for you alone.

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LyndonAbout the Author: Lyndon Wall served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada for fourteen years. He has also served the Jos, Nigeria mission community by providing pastoral care. Lyndon is the founder of Refresh Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in ministry enjoy “healthy souls.”  Lyndon earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

refresh-devotionals-front-coverThis excerpt is from Lyndon’s devotional book Refresh. Lyndon wrote Refresh specifically for pastors, missionaries, and ministry workers whose souls have been parched by the stresses and tests of life. Stress is a reality of life. It can harm and drain us of vital energy. It must be responded to wisely. This devotional book was written to help you encounter Jesus Christ, the great refresher of the soul and give insights that will help you live with a renewed and joyful heart.

Refresh Day 25: Soul Nutrition

Choices

Every day is filled with them. From the cereal we have for breakfast to the clothes we wear to how we will treat the people we meet, each day is filled with choices. Our choices determine our attitudes, our actions, and our thoughts.

Choices to a very large extent determine the direction of our days. We can choose to give our best at work and our love at home. We can choose to cultivate an attitude either of gratitude or of selfishness. We can see either the silver lining or the clouds. The choice is ours.

Choice affects our walk of faith. We can choose to seek God and find his reward (Heb 11:6), or we can choose to keep him distant. We also can make choices that invite his peace into our lives. It is some of these choices to which we will turn our attention in the last eight days of this devotional series.

 

Soul Nutrition

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“My soul is weary with sorrow;

strengthen me according to your word.”

Psalm 119:28

Many weary souls tread the streets of this earth. You can see them as they walk—stoop-shouldered, lethargic, discouraged, and frightened. To these experiences the psalmist adds the soul wearied by sorrow.

There are many reasons why hearts are sorrowful. Sometimes our hearts are sorrowful for our sin. We grieve sinful choices and actions that have violated our conscience and wounded others. Other times our hearts experience sorrow over a loss of someone or something dear to us. We may have lost hope because a dream we held dear has been removed from possibility. We may have said goodbye to a close friend or coworker who has moved to another part of the world. They leave a gap in our lives where they once were. We experience sorrow on many levels, and our sorrow saps us of strength.

It is for this loss of vitality that the psalmist invokes God’s strengthening. He says to God, “Strengthen me as you have promised.” He implies, “As your word says, renew my soul.” He cries, “Renew my vigor, that was lost in the process of grief.” The Psalmist knows where to go to refresh his soul, wearied by the dragging griefs of life. He goes to God; he claims God’s promises and waits for the Lord to stand by what he has said. He knows the Lord is his source of renewal.

What griefs are dragging your soul toward a state of weariness? Make the choice to meditate on the words of scripture. Discipline yourself to read the Word of God, memorize it, let it soak you’re your mind and heart. Remember the promises of God for renewal and strengthening. “They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength…” (Isaiah 40:31, NKJV). This promise stands for those who are weary from grieving. Are you among them?

Prayer starter: Lord, I am grieved by many things. My losses both recent and distant, my sin, both intentional and unintended, have weighed my soul with weariness. Lift me up by your grace. I wait on you.

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LyndonAbout the Author: Lyndon Wall served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada for fourteen years. He has also served the Jos, Nigeria mission community by providing pastoral care. Lyndon is the founder of Refresh Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in ministry enjoy “healthy souls.”  Lyndon earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

refresh-devotionals-front-coverThis excerpt is from Lyndon’s devotional book Refresh. Lyndon wrote Refresh specifically for pastors, missionaries, and ministry workers whose souls have been parched by the stresses and tests of life. Stress is a reality of life. It can harm and drain us of vital energy. It must be responded to wisely. This devotional book was written to help you encounter Jesus Christ, the great refresher of the soul and give insights that will help you live with a renewed and joyful heart.

Refresh Day 24: Guidance Guaranteed

“For this God is our God for ever and ever;

He will be our guide even to the end.”

Psalm 48:14

Everyone needs it; everyone seeks it at some time in their life. In our early years we need guidance in matters of schooling, choosing a mate, and direction of a career. In the middle years we need guidance in parenting and financial decisions; in the later years we need guidance for ending well and caring for ourselves in our old age. Finding good guidance is essential to a life well lived. The question then is not if we need guidance but where we find it.

The Psalmist tells us there is one who will guide us our whole lives. He is our God forever and ever. He will not leave us in the lurch; guidance will be there until the day we transfer from this life to the next.

What are some of the keys to finding God’s guidance? First we need to ask for it (James 1:5). Second we must be willing to receive it. Someone wisely said that 90% of finding God’s will is having a surrendered heart. A bowed will to the wisdom of God will never lack the Father’s guidance. Third, we must soak our minds in the principles of God as revealed in his Word; there, a large part of his will is revealed. He guides us in his ways with his words and Spirit. Fourth, we should allow the peace of God to direct us. We must not move forward until we have unclouded hearts before God. Fifth, we must be open to the advice of others. God’s will was revealed to Moses through his father-in-law, Jethro. Sometimes our human fallibility may hinder our hearing and understand God’s guidance, yet even then his promise to guide us will stand true.

Above all remember that you have the promise of God’s guidance, and he always keeps his promises. Seek him, wait on him. He will direct at the right moment. He will guide you, even to the end.

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Do you lack wisdom today? What areas of your life are in need of guidance? Bow your will to God and ask him to guide you. He will do it, for he has promised.

Prayer starter: Thank you for your guidance. Please direct me today according to your wisdom.

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LyndonAbout the Author: Lyndon Wall served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada for fourteen years. He has also served the Jos, Nigeria mission community by providing pastoral care. Lyndon is the founder of Refresh Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in ministry enjoy “healthy souls.”  Lyndon earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

refresh-devotionals-front-coverThis excerpt is from Lyndon’s devotional book Refresh. Lyndon wrote Refresh specifically for pastors, missionaries, and ministry workers whose souls have been parched by the stresses and tests of life. Stress is a reality of life. It can harm and drain us of vital energy. It must be responded to wisely. This devotional book was written to help you encounter Jesus Christ, the great refresher of the soul and give insights that will help you live with a renewed and joyful heart.

Refresh Day 23: Sufficient Grace

“My grace is sufficient for you.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

The scriptures teach us that there are two types of grace. The first is grace for salvation, where we are saved by the grace of God regardless of our works. The second type of grace is the strength God gives for moment-by-moment needs. It is this second grace that the apostle Paul refers to in this verse.

We don’t know what exactly Paul’s thorn in the flesh was. A wide variety of physical ailments have been suggested. What we do know is this was a messenger from Satan. It was some torment or pain that served to humble Paul, keeping him dependent on God for moment-by-moment help. Paul found that God’s help never ran out; it was there for whatever the moment demanded. Grace was always in full supply.

We might do well to think of this second kind of grace as an unlimited bank account. Placed in our heavenly account are unlimited funds of strength and help. Our Lord stands ready to meet any amount of grace we require. No bill we have to pay will ever be greater than what is laid up for us in our account. Whatever the moment needs, resources are available. We can draw on our resources at any moment, day or night. It’s waiting for us.

It’s very likely that God does not clearly tell us the nature of Paul’s thorn so that we realize that his grace is not limited to certain specific cases. It is available to help with whatever thorn may be piercing our flesh. Limitless help for unlimited types of need—that’s the grace of God.

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Missionary life provides a great variety of thorns in the flesh. Unpredictable achaba drivers, untrustworthy water and electricity are just a few examples. Is there a thorn piercing your soul today? Some painful circumstance or trial that you wish could be removed. Even prayers for its removal go unanswered. Perhaps like Paul, God wants you to discover the riches of his grace—unlimited help for your need today.

Prayer starter: Thank you for my grace account. Remind me of it as I go through this day.

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LyndonAbout the Author: Lyndon Wall served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada for fourteen years. He has also served the Jos, Nigeria mission community by providing pastoral care. Lyndon is the founder of Refresh Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in ministry enjoy “healthy souls.”  Lyndon earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

refresh-devotionals-front-coverThis excerpt is from Lyndon’s devotional book Refresh. Lyndon wrote Refresh specifically for pastors, missionaries, and ministry workers whose souls have been parched by the stresses and tests of life. Stress is a reality of life. It can harm and drain us of vital energy. It must be responded to wisely. This devotional book was written to help you encounter Jesus Christ, the great refresher of the soul and give insights that will help you live with a renewed and joyful heart.

Refresh Day 22: God Unlimited

“I AM…”

Exodus 3:14

God-given dreams often lie dormant for so long that we come to believe they are dead. We become convinced that it is impossible for them to be realized. God’s call to Moses at the burning bush reawakens Moses’ passion to deliver his people from bondage.

Moses’ interest has been piqued; he has longed to deliver his people, but he sees impossibilities that stand in the way of his God dream being fulfilled. It is here that God submits his name as an answer to Moses’ hesitation: “Tell them ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

There is a beautiful opening of possibilities in the name “I AM.” It is a name without limits. It means the existing one, the one who is not limited by time, space or circumstances. God is unrestricted by what restricts us. The God who was calling Moses was not limited by the 40 years that had gone by since Moses had first attempted to lead his people to freedom. The God who called Moses was not limited by Moses’ weaknesses or the weaknesses of the people he was to lead. The existing one could provide and achieve all that he was calling Moses to do. He proved himself true to his name. He was not limited by the iron will of the Egyptian Pharaoh. He was not limited by the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptian hordes. He was not limited by the absence of food and water in the desert. Moses learned that what limits us does not limit the “I AM.” In the new Testament, we come to know the “I AM” as Jesus our savior and Lord.

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Are there restrictions standing in the way of your God dream? Are you dreaming of a ministry for his glory? Have you dreamed of his will to be done in a new way in your family? Has your dream been buried in the drifting of time? The “I AM” is not restricted by what holds you back. Listen for his call; it may be time to unearth the long-buried dream.

Prayer starter: Lord, reveal where my thinking is limiting what you want to do in and through me.

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LyndonAbout the Author: Lyndon Wall served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada for fourteen years. He has also served the Jos, Nigeria mission community by providing pastoral care. Lyndon is the founder of Refresh Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in ministry enjoy “healthy souls.”  Lyndon earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

refresh-devotionals-front-coverThis excerpt is from Lyndon’s devotional book Refresh. Lyndon wrote Refresh specifically for pastors, missionaries, and ministry workers whose souls have been parched by the stresses and tests of life. Stress is a reality of life. It can harm and drain us of vital energy. It must be responded to wisely. This devotional book was written to help you encounter Jesus Christ, the great refresher of the soul and give insights that will help you live with a renewed and joyful heart.

Refresh Day 21: The Shepherd

“The Lord is my Shepherd.”

Psalm 23:1

A shepherd’s work is to give complete care to the sheep. He is totally focused on the well-being of the sheep. He leads them to places of lush grazing, oases of rest, and protects and provides a constant care. The sheep has nothing to worry about or fear. All that is needed is provided.

When David talks of the Lord, he is referring to the existing God who has a covenant relationship with his people. He is the creator of heaven and earth, the sovereign who guides the events of this world and intervenes on his people’s behalf. He is the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, who knows his sheep and laid down his life for them. It is this God whom David enjoys as his personal shepherd.

Humans tend to see the Lord’s care somewhat selectively. There are areas of our lives where we know and have experienced the Lord’s love. We are confident that whenever we face that situation we can count on him. There are other issues and situations we face into which we are not so sure that his love reaches. For example, we may find it easy to trust God with our finances, but not with the care of our children. We may believe God is with us at Sunday worship but absent when we meet the nail boys on the road. David paints us a picture of the Lord’s faithfulness to all areas of life. He sees the Lord’s care as like that of a shepherd meeting every need that arises. In God he has found his needs for provision, protection, refreshment, comfort and security all provided for. Whether it is a need of everyday life or a need faced in the extremities of death, God supplies what is necessary. The Lord is so near and so active that David is at rest; all is provided.

Do you see the Lord as a personal shepherd or as a distant deity? Do you see the Lord Jesus as near and caring or far away and detached from your daily life? Are you aware of his constant care, or do you feel at times he is busy elsewhere? Do you rest in his commitment to you, or do you feel that you must always earn his love? Affirm with David your absolute trust. A great sense of security will go with you today.

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Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, be the shepherd over the yet untrusted areas of my life.

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LyndonAbout the Author: Lyndon Wall served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada for fourteen years. He has also served the Jos, Nigeria mission community by providing pastoral care. Lyndon is the founder of Refresh Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in ministry enjoy “healthy souls.”  Lyndon earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

refresh-devotionals-front-coverThis excerpt is from Lyndon’s devotional book Refresh. Lyndon wrote Refresh specifically for pastors, missionaries, and ministry workers whose souls have been parched by the stresses and tests of life. Stress is a reality of life. It can harm and drain us of vital energy. It must be responded to wisely. This devotional book was written to help you encounter Jesus Christ, the great refresher of the soul and give insights that will help you live with a renewed and joyful heart.

Refresh Day 20: The Noisy Multitude

“In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.”

Psalm 94:19 NKJV

These words remind us of two realities. The first is the noisy crowd of anxieties which often swarm the soul. Thoughts of what needs to be done crowd in with worries about what has been done. Add to this the false accusations of the evil one and the nasty opinions of others, and you get a noisy crowd within. This crowd is not easily silenced. It shouts its confused message into our inner ears, deafening us to the voice of God and disquieting our souls. As the crowd forced the hand of Pilate to crucify Christ with its relentless cries of, “Crucify him, crucify him!” so too our minds force away the peace of God with shouts of, “You must worry, you must worry!” The anxiety crowd is a noisy bunch.

How can this noisy crowd be silenced? With the second reality, the comforts of God. How powerful are the comforts of God? They can turn a noisy riot into a place of delight. The noisy crowd of anxieties is powerless against the comforts God has in his arsenal of truth. Just look a minute at a few of the weapons in God’s array of truth as noted in this psalm.

“But the Lord has been my defense” (Ps 94:22) tells us the attacks of people may be vicious, but the Lord is our protector. “Oh Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs” (vs. 1) tells us the attacks of people may be malicious, but they will not go unpunished. “Shall the throne of iniquity …have fellowship with you?” (vs. 20) Tells us the evil-doing crowd may seem to win the day, but they will never have what is most precious to the human soul—intimacy with God. Not only do they not have it, but they cannot take it away.

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These are but a few weapons in God’s arsenal of comforts. Take time to reflect on them, and you will find the noisy crowd being silenced in your delighted soul.

Prayer starter: Lord, shoot the arrows of truth from your Word deep into my heart so my soul will know your comfort. 

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LyndonAbout the Author: Lyndon Wall served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada for fourteen years. He has also served the Jos, Nigeria mission community by providing pastoral care. Lyndon is the founder of Refresh Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in ministry enjoy “healthy souls.”  Lyndon earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

refresh-devotionals-front-coverThis excerpt is from Lyndon’s devotional book Refresh. Lyndon wrote Refresh specifically for pastors, missionaries, and ministry workers whose souls have been parched by the stresses and tests of life. Stress is a reality of life. It can harm and drain us of vital energy. It must be responded to wisely. This devotional book was written to help you encounter Jesus Christ, the great refresher of the soul and give insights that will help you live with a renewed and joyful heart.