by Linda Veath
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. ~ Psalm 9:9 NIV (Photo: Storyblocks)
Have you ever experienced those days when you just want to pull the covers over your head and never get out of bed? Or get in a hot bathtub and hide in the bubbles and never come out? Silly as it seems, when I am having a bad day those things can become a refuge for me. Temporarily, of course, because my dogs eventually pull the blankets off. And the bubbles eventually pop. But for a short while they can bring a sense of safety.
We live in a society where we long for protection, shelter, safety, a refuge. We try to find protection when a hurricane spirals toward us. We look for safety from home break-ins and senseless shootings, sometimes even in our churches. We seek a safe place when the doctor says “It’s cancer.” Or when we bury our loved ones. When the world is dangerous, we don’t want to come out until it’s safe and secure. But it’s not going to happen. Not on this earth.
So where DO we go to find that permanent protection, safety, security, refuge? If your answer is JESUS, you are correct!
Jesus is our only true refuge. He protects and cares for us. He’s our shelter in the storm. He’s the rock on which we stand; in whose cleft we snuggle. He’s our stronghold in the day of trouble. He covers us with His wings and protects us with His shadow. He’s the sure foundation for our lives.
And most importantly, God is a God of refuge providing a safe haven for us from our sins, through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. We can run to Him for the only refuge that will never fail. Eternally.
To read more about God’s refuge, dig into His Holy Word, which tells that His refuge is:
Continuous — Psalm 121:3-8
Unfailing — Joshua 1:5
Assuring — Isaiah 41:10
Persevering — John 10:28-30
Satisfying — 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Necessary — Psalm 124:1-5