December 12

“So that we who have found refuge in Him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us” (Hebrews 6:18).

It is absolutely vital in the day and age in which we live that we have God as our refuge. In no way could we endure as disciples throughout our life without God being our stronghold and shelter. The word “refuge” is a reminder of the place we flea or run to in times of trouble. Listen, folks, we are living in troubled and turbulent times. We need to flee and run to God continually. “The name of the Lord is like a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high” (Proverbs 18:10). So many people run or flee to so many other things rather than running to the only One who can truly provide shelter and protection, and that One is God Himself. This is why the author of Hebrews states of finding refuge in Him. “God is our strong refuge; He is truly our helper in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). Is the Lord your refuge?

The word “refuge” speaks of safety and security. If God is our safety and security in this life, then we need no one else or nothing else to make us feel safe and secure. However, if the Lord is not one’s safety and security, nothing else, no matter what it is or how much it is, will make one feel safe and secure. Without God, human beings will always be fearful, vulnerable, and exposed. If one had a refuge, but it was so far away, it would do little good when trouble came. But the Bible declares that God is near to all who cry out to Him (see Psalm 145:18). The psalmist says that there is nowhere one could go to escape the presence of God (see Psalm 139:7-10). Even in the valley of the shadow of death we are reminded that God is with us – He is near (Psalm 23:4). When we have God as our safety, security, and refuge, we also are continually encouraged because we know that God is with us and that with God there is nothing that we cannot face together and rise above or overcome. Take God’s hand right now and walk through the day. Face the trials and storms of life holding on to Him. Take hold of Him and don’t let go. He is our only refuge.