Are You A Refugee?
Even when the life you know is destroyed and your hopes feel crushed, God can still pour His goodness into your life.
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1 (NLT)
The “Islamic State” is wreaking terror over large parts of Iraq and Syria. Boko Haram carries out attacks in Nigeria and neighboring states. Governments oppress their own people across Africa, while some countries persecute minorities on a massive scale. Those being oppressed are often forced to flee their homelands. Are you one of them?
God Still Loves You
Did you know that Jesus Himself was a refugee? Within the first couple years of His life, Jesus and His family were forced to “flee to Egypt” (Matthew 2:13), because King Herod the Great of Judaea gave orders that would have resulted in Jesus’s death. God allowed His infant Son to experience what you are experiencing right now. Although it might feel like no one cares about you right now – if you have been robbed, tortured, or persecuted – remember that “The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble” (Psalm 9:9).
Seek God’s Comfort
When Jesus began His ministry, He announced, “The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor, to proclaim... that the oppressed will be set free” (Luke 4:18-19). Even in your earthly misery, you can still claim the promises of the Lord. You can take comfort in knowing that God loves you and people in your situation. The Bible promises that “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed” (Psalm 34:18).
What Can You Do?
Even though you might be overwhelmed – with pain, the struggle to survive, anger, and fear – you can let God raise your spirits right now by remembering that the Lord “loves righteousness and justice” (Psalm 33:5). Even though it might be difficult to consider now, one day you can “forgive those who sin against you” (Matthew 6:14), which will bring even more healing to your life.
Finally, know that God has called you, even in your misery, “to do what is right, to love mercy” (Micah 6:8). This can mean sharing God’s love with fellow refugees, seeking justice for them as well as for yourself, and treating the weakest amongst you with godly respect and encouragement. It can also mean behaving gracefully and with patience toward the people in countries that are receiving you.
Please know that many in our ministry are praying for you in your situation. We do not know you individually, and we cannot understand exactly what you are going through; however, if you want to tell us your story, we always have caring Christians ready to listen and pray with you.
Pray this week:
Dear Lord, please keep Your promises of justice and mercy for the oppressed. I look to You for love, comfort, and guidance. Protect and grant safety to me as I seek to live out my life in peace for Your glory. In Jesus’s Name, amen.
Are you in new place and need safety and justice from God?