When my children were little, it was common to hear the laughter in the next room as they were playing. But as most parents know, when little ones get carried away, injury happens. It seems like yesterday, and I still see their little faces running up to me with tears, pointing out the newest “booboo.” As I hugged them, I simply held them close to their injury and prayed for them. As soon as “in Jesus name, amen” was uttered, the tears stopped and on they went about their day.
I often thought to myself, based on the injury, they must be hurting, but they were off and running without a second thought. Now that I am older, I have to be honest; I miss this. Perhaps this is why people enjoy being a grandparent. But here is the thing. As adults, have we forgotten that our heavenly Father delights for us to run to him? To call out to him? To take refuge in him? Grab your Bible and read Psalm 31 for a few moments, then head back to this post.
We learn many things from this Psalm. We learn that we are to take refuge in God, and he can save us. We learn that God is our Rock and Fortress and down in verse 7, we rejoice and are glad in His steadfast love. He is a God who sees our affliction and our distress; this should be comforting! Verses eight to thirteen are full of woes and worries but look at what it says in Psalm 31:14–16:
But I trust in you, O LORD;Psalm 31:14–16
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love! (ESV)
Do these verses not express the love of a father? Just like the picture I gave about my children trusting to come to me and praying over them, here, David declares his trust is in the Lord – and it is the steadfast love of God that saves him.
It doesn’t stop there. Verse 19, we learn God has abundant goodness, he is a shelter, and in verse 24, we are reminded to be strong and take courage in the Lord. More expressions of God’s goodness.
Now, I do not know where you are in life and what is coming at you. But for a moment, I want you to think upon the reality of who you are in Christ. Sons and Daughters! And when you get hurt, you can run to Christ. You may be thinking, “Steve, it is a little more complicated than that.” I get it, I do. We are all wounded in many ways, though. Maybe the diagnosis is cancer, someone close has died, wayward children, loneliness, you cannot seem to see the sun through the clouds or many other things, but they all
affect our spirits, and our spirits can become wounded.
Do you remember, at the beginning of the article, when I mentioned, by the child’s injury, I was sure they must still be in pain after I prayed? Well, it is the same for us. I am not saying pain will go away quickly. For some, it might not entirely go away at all, but here is the best part, it will be one day.
Look at Revelation 21:4:
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (ESV)Revelation 21:4
Hold onto this beautiful image and carry it over to Revelation 22:3–5:
No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (ESV)Revelation 22:3–5
Did you catch it? We can run to the Father in Christ because one day we will see Jesus face to face. His name will be upon our foreheads. There will be no more darkness, and we will reign with him forever.
Since this is true, run to Him, dear Christian. Run to the Father the way little children run to their parents. Find refuge in Him. Open up the Bible and read – let the words fill you with peace and assurance. Run to God and trust; he will wipe away every tear, he will deal with all pain. And even though right now it hurts, you can to trust him.
To close, I mentioned how I miss my little children running up to me. They are grown-up now, and part of me hurts as I recall their early years. How much does it grieve God looking upon his Children no longer running to him? When is the last time you ran to God? Or do you find yourself always running away from God? That’s a topic for another day. Hang in there, spring is only a few weeks away,