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God's Refuge

by: Ellene Meece

Ever feel heightened anxiety while scrolling through the online news feeds, or listening to the local television and radio stations?

Truth be told, our fallen world has always been a "mess" and on the verge of one crisis after another. But, in our day and age, this is accentuated by instant global communication. We are more aware than ever of the tragic darkness around us and mankind's sad state without God's light. We realize anew how much we need a Savior, a rescue, and a reprieve in the midst of it all.

That's why promises of God's refuge ring clearer and the truth is exponentially more attractive. Who can resist an invitation to crawl into the warm and cozy light of God's hiding place?

"God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble" (Psalm 46:1).

Charles Swindoll wrote of this verse, "Eugene Peterson paraphrases it in The Message, 'God is a safe place to hide.' Chasah, or refuge, is a word that's needed when a nation finds itself shaking on the rock. The news of tragic events in our country and our world is enough to grab you by the neck and make you tremble. Several years ago, I found myself not sleeping very well due to some of these events--that is, until I remembered Psalm 46 and called to mind my chasah: "a very present help in trouble."

Want to crawl in a little further to His refuge, His hiding place? Breathe easy while meditating on these promises:

"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms . . ." (Deuteronomy 33:27).

"The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; the God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence" (II Samuel 22: 2-3).

"The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble" (Psalms 9:9).

"For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by" (Psalm 57:1).

Ellene Meece lives in Meeker, Colorado and works with her husband in their natural resource company while running her own online store, Grandma's Treasures Online.



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