Good morning Church family,
Countless verses in Scripture speak of God as being a refuge. Here are a few:
“Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.” Psalms 16:1 NIV
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1 NIV
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.” Psalms 118:8 NIV
Why is refuge in God so important? The prophet Jeremiah explains:
“This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”” Jeremiah 17:5-8 NIV
We will never find total refuge in the those around us; God certainly uses people in our lives, but they will never be as solid as God no matter how hard they or we try. Often times we are left feeling disappointed and hurt. That is because relying on others to prop us up never works, we are more likely to find ourselves parched in dessert places disappointed by the outcome. Perhaps we have been hurt and want to distance ourselves from relationships but then we find ourselves in the “salt land where no one lives.” God promises if we put our trust in him, we will never be disappointed. We will be able to face whatever life throws at us because God is our refuge. Are you feeling a bit parched today, worn down by life perhaps God is gently leading you to trust him more? Ask him to be your refuge!