Enjoying Jesus-Your Refuge From Weariness
Fleeing to Jesus as your Refuge will help you have the genuine expectancy of God's presence. A knowledge of God through His Word ought to heighten your expectations and instill healthy fear and reverence. As Annie Dillard wrote: "On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the Catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? . . . It is madness to wear ladies' straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return."
Fleeing to Jesus as your Refuge will help you preserve your experience of the depths of God in your life. How can you preserve your heart for the Lord's Day? Edith Schaeffer tells how, when living in Villars, Switzerland, the church bells would toll every Saturday at 4:30 P.M. as a reminder to prepare for the Lord's Day. The bells were ignored by most but were a poignant reminder of a more enlightened day.
Is Christ like a "city of refuge" to you? Do you find Him easy to reach? Are His arms open to you? Do you see His entrance as never locked, and that He is a completely sufficient Refuge? Do you see that there is no other hope but Him? Then He is your blessed Refuge! (If you would like to study the wonderful truths of this facet of Jesus, see the "Christ Our Refuge" MP3 CD description in the resources listed at the back of this book.)
How can you start cultivating the practice of fleeing to Christ's promised refuge for the weary? Jesus demonstrated that as being our priority, but where do we start? We simply begin by making it a precious habit to read God's Word every day. Remember to faithfully follow the adage I mentioned earlier in this book: No Bible-no breakfast; no Bible-no bed.
Rest for your soul comes most readily by reading God's Word. This is the voice of God, and we must listen. No Christian can lead a Spirit-filled life full of power without regularly reading the Bible. Our minds are such that we do not retain what we need to know. They need to be refreshed again and again-which includes memorizing and meditating upon God's Word regularly!
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