What do you turn to for comfort and escape when life is tough? Some of us may turn to a good book, a Netflix binge, a tub of ice cream or a nap. Though all of these things are enjoyable, they should never be a substitute for the ultimate comfort and satisfaction which God provides.
When Jeremiah found himself in a tough spot he turned to God. He declared God to be his strength, fortress and refuge. He discovered God to be the only one he could turn to when the waves of life were crashing over his head.
Jeremiah described all of the other options he could turn to as "worthless idols." He looked to all of the gods, comforts and refuges which Judah has turned to over the ages and acknowledged their inability to offer that which God alone provides. Any substitute for God will prove wanting. Therefore, we must resolutely turn to God when we find ourselves confused or hurting because only he offers the safe place that we need.
Question of the day: How can you learn the habit of turning to God first in the difficulties of life?
God my Father, thank you that you are a fortress and refuge. Help me to learn to run to you with my problems and trials and experience the rest that you offer. Help me to never substitute something else for the position only you should fill in my life. Amen.