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Refuge

Where do you seek refuge?   

Sometimes we think of refuge as only a place to hide until the danger is gone.  However I think there is a deeper level of refuge, a place of real safety.  A place that we can be secure and satisfied, regardless of the things that may be lurking just outside as they wait to suddenly steal away our very life.  We all need refuge… danger comes in various forms, but from one source – a real enemy of our souls.  Satan himself, the great deceiver, the thief who is has come to steal, kill, and destroy, or like a lion who is lurking around and seeking to devour its prey.  The danger is often subtle, it comes in the form of distraction, discouragement, fear, rejection, or deceit – We sometimes try to just shrug it off, but we often try to find refuge through coping mechanisms that seem to relieve the tension and succumb the danger in the moment.  Unfortunately we are left frustrated and hopeless as the danger seeps back into our lives and we are left standing with our backs against the wall once again.  

This refuge we so desperately need isn’t found in the natural realm, but in the supernatural…not in the temporal but in the eternal.  It is found in God alone —the Psalmist said it this way: Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.  Psalms 34:8  

Turning to God is sometimes a last ditch effort after we have exhausted our other options to no avail.  At various times in life I have sought refuge in places that seemed like a good idea at the time, but in the end where only temporary distractions to the danger that awaited me.  Many of those places were as silly as the hiding place of a child who covers himself with a blanket and says loudly, “you can’t find me”.  The only true place of refuge is in our God, who has pursued us with an everlasting love. Romans 8 paints a great picture of the refuge that we find in Him through Christ.  He has planned for us, called us into a relationship with Him, justified us through the death and resurrection of His own son, and will in the end, share His glory with us. We are not condemned but forgiven, we are not an orphan but have been adopted into His family, He is at work on our behalf, and nothing can separate us from His love.  

Today as you seek refuge, from whatever it is that is threatening your life, find that refuge in God.   “If God is for us, who can be against us?”  The resounding answer: No one or no thing…we are more than conquerors through him who loved us, blessed is the man who takes refuge in God.  

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March 26, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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