This is a place of security from danger, as expressed in these words from the Bible, “The Lord is my salvation, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, in whom I take refuge – I will never be shaken. Trust in Him and pour out your heart to Him” (2 Sam 22:2,3; Ps 62:1,2,7,8). He becomes a covering or place of shelter and protection in times of trouble (Ps 9:9, 32:7, 57:1, 59:16). “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him” (Nah 1:7). “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe” (Prov 18:10). Do not un-necessarily put yourself in vulnerable situations where the enemy can gain the advantage over you as he is always on the prowl looking for those oblivious to his schemes (2 Cor 2:11; Eph 6:11; 1 Pet 5:8).

Another scriptural image of God as our refuge is of a hen and her chicks. Boaz said, "May you be richly rewarded by the Lord...under whose wings you have come to take refuge" (Ruth 2:12). Jesus declared the divine desire was to gather the Israelites together and protect them as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings – but they were unwilling (Mt 23:37).

Those that choose God above all others, aligning themselves with and obeying His commands, will generally be kept safe, knowing God’s protection and provision (Ps 91:1-16). Submit yourself into His hands, confident all things ultimately work out for our good, even for the thousands of believers who are martyred each year because of their faith in Christ and refusal to denounce Him (Rom 8:28). Daily entrust yourself into His loving purposes. “The

Our only eternal refuge                 is Jesus

eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut 33:27). As He will never leave us, we should never be afraid for what can man do to us? (Heb 13:5,6).

See also: armour (spiritual), covering, protection, refugee, rock, safety, security.      

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