God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea – Psalm 46:1-2.
Refuge is having shelter or protection from danger. Many place their trust in people or an alarm system. When we place our trust in God, we have twenty-four hour protection, and He only can shield us from danger and place us in a safe place and that is in Him.
The Bible gives us many Scriptures that illustrate the protection of God as our refuge such as (Be merciful unto me, O God. be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee; yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast – Psalm 57:1). This Psalm was composed of David after fleeing from Saul. Prior to David having to flee from Saul, David ministered to Saul by playing the harp when the evil spirit would come upon him, the evil spirit brought on Saul was demonic dementia that apparently was soothed by David playing the harp. Saul loved David; after David killed Goliath, Saul placed David over the men of war and God gave them victory because of David. One day after returning from battling the Philistines the women gave more honor to David than they did Saul (And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul, hath slain his thousands and David his ten thousands – 1st Samuel 18:7). Saul became jealous of David, thereafter, Saul planned to kill David.
Although David had to run for his life, he placed his trust in God. If God wouldn’t have been on David side; Saul could have killed him, but God always gave David away of escape. If we put our trust in God and make Him our Refuge, we will be protected until the time of trouble is past. If we understand what it means to have peace in the midst of a storm, then we understand the refuge of God. When one knows God as his Refuge, he or she can be in the midst of the most severe storm or trial they have ever faced, and yet remain fixed in their trust in God’s deliverance. They will not be overwhelmed and swept along on a tide of doubt and despair.
As Christians we must keep our eyes on the Lord and not on what we’re going through. One night Jesus met His disciples in the middle of a storm as they were in the midst of the sea, as Jesus was walking on the water toward them Peter ask the Lord if that was Him to allow him to walk on the water to come towards Him, Jesus said come, but as the wind became boisterous, Peter was afraid and begin to sink because he lost his sight on Jesus. Whenever we’re in a storm we must keep our faith focus on Jesus and not what we’re going through. Whatever we’re focusing on will either give us victory or have us drowning in fear and doubt blocking our vision as well as making us lose faith. The God we serve will never allow us to enter into a trial or difficulties without giving us a way of escape.
When we understand and believe that God is our Refuge, by faith we enter into the safe haven of His protection, it won’t matter if trouble is raging all around us, we will have complete peace (Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee – Isaiah 26:3). Faith can either be negative or positive, negative faith brings about the same action as positive faith, you will receive what you believe in. Positive faith will have us resting in the assurance that God is working out the problems, and we will trust Him to bring us through to the other side victorious in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!.
We acknowledge we have a problem or issues that are existing, but if God is our Refuge, we also must realize that problems and calamities can not hurt us as long as we stay in our place of Refuge. If we will keep our minds on the Lord Jesus Christ, and keep His Word in our hearts and minds, we will stay inside our refuge and we will not be defeated. In the safety of our refuge, we will have serenity, the peace that will surpass all human understanding.
We must come to an understanding in this life we will have storms in our life, we will go through times of testing and trials, but thanks be to God that we will always triumph when we place our faith in Him. We have to also realize that we may have people or things in our lives that God does not want us to have, and if this is the case, He will remove them out of our lives when we really want to live a life that will be pleasing to Him. He will close the door and we should not reopen it.
When we live according to God’s Word there is safety and protection. His Spirit will lead us sometimes in difficulty places because our faith is being tested. Don’t faint, have faith; as sure as there was an entrance there will also be an exit. God is your Refuge, wait on Him, trust Him, believe in Him, and submit to Him!.