I pray you had a Merry Christmas, Reading Friends and New Subscribers! This is David Telbat with an author reflection called, “Finding Refuge in God during the Holiday Season.” The holiday season can be wrought with anxiety and uncertainty. A year of possibly unresolved concerns has passed, and we are now facing a New Year already.
Like everyone, I feel the weight of responsibilities and relationships for the coming year. Will I fail? How will I remain sane through the trials ahead? In my novels, I strive to use biblical principles to show how Christian characters deal with these common struggles.
Step One – We Take Refuge
When I write these international adventures, I’m often left with characters facing impossible situations. I mean, there seems no possible way the character can emerge as a better man or woman from the scenario I’ve put them in—danger, risks, and threats surround God’s faithful ones. But in a moment of faith, clarity emerges, and the Christian character finds refuge in God. (Consider Ps 16:1)
Regardless of our situation in life, we can find refuge in God. No matter that we may be in a place of suffering or loss, a refuge is still a place of comfort. When we look at the spiritual side of the circumstance in which God is working, the importance of our physical woes fade.
Step Two – Let God be our Shield
I have found that trusting in God is not a one-sided relationship—and this is an important fact I portray in my novels. God really does care, and He always responds to true faith, specifically desperate and fervent faith. Our faith in Him as our refuge is never empty. We need not be our own shield. Our job is to take refuge, and then trust God to show Himself true and mighty.
The way that God preserves and shields us has always fascinated me. God’s way is rarely what I have in mind when I pray for help or comfort. But I’m nonetheless satisfied with His result. In COIL books, the Christian characters experience tragedies and challenges daily, and God’s way of preservation is to be a shield—not to remove the character from the circumstance or battle. Hidden in Christ, we are ultimately safe from dark forces. (Consider Ps 18:30)
As we turn the calendar page, let’s take that step of faith and trust God to be our refuge in whatever situation we’ve been carrying. Only then will we be shown how God presents Himself truly as our Refuge, our Shield, our Preserver in the stormy valleys of life. Have a wonderful year in His able and protective arms!
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Prayer Prompt: Pray for the Syrians and that some would find Christ through all the chaos.