Finding Refuge
Welcome to Our Daily Bread on Sheridan Boise and I've called today's devotional finding Refuge
 my wife and I once stayed in a lovely old Seaside hotel with large sash windows and thick stone walls one afternoon a storm ripped through the region turning up the sea and pounding a Windows like Angry fits on a door if we were at peace those wolves was so strong and the hotel's foundations so solid while storms raged outside our room with the Refuge
 Refuge is an important semen scripture himself you have been a refuge for the poor Isaiah says of God a refuge for the needy in their distress a Shelter From The Storm
 in addition refuges something God's people wear and odds provide with a through Israel's ancient cities of Refuge will by offering Hospitality to foreigners and need these same principles can guide us today when humanitarian crises hit Out World in such times we pray that the god of Refuge would use us his people to help the vulnerable find safety
 the storm that hit our hotel was gone the following morning leaving us with a calm Sea and the warm sun that made the seagulls glow it's an image I hold on to as I think of those facing natural disasters or fleeing ruthless regimes that the god of Refuge would Empower us to help them find safety now and a brighter tomorrow
 today's scripture reading is from Isaiah chapter 25 verses 1 to 8
 Lord you are my God I will exalt you and praise your name for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things things planned long ago
 you have made the city a heap of rubble the Fortified town or ruin the phone is Stronghold City no more it will never be rebuilt there for strong people's will honor you cities of Ruthless Nations will Revere you you have been a refuge for the poor The Refuge for the needy in their distress as Shelter From The Storm and a shade from the heat for the breath of the Restless is like a storm driving against a wall and like the heat of the desert you silence the up Laura Thorne has as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud so the song of the ruthless is stilt
 on this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for old peoples a banquet of aged wine the best of mates in the finest of wines on this mountain he will destroy the Shroud that unfolds old people's the sheets that covers all nations he will swallow up death forever
 The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from old faces he will remove his people's disgrace from all the years the Lord has spoken
 let's pray together
 Lord it seems like every week we're hearing of another natural disaster or another brutal regime that is leaving so many people homeless and Afraid we long for that day when you throw a banquet for All Peoples and wipe away every tear go to Refuge until that day comes would you Empower us your children to help the needy find Refuge at a bright new future in Jesus name we pray amen
 thanks for listening I'm Sheridan Boise in today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries