How precious your faithful love is, God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalms 36:7 CSB
The Lord is good, a stronghold in a day of distress; he cares for those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7 CSB
As I sit and write this, we are having high wind advisories. Leaves and small branches skitter across the metal roof, bare tree branches rattle against each other, and I think the metal trash can lid just blew off and clattered across the carport. It is windy! I pause to say, “Thank You, Lord, for my shelter, my home that is keeping me safe from the winds.”
Our homes and our families can be a refuge, a safe place where we go when we are in trouble or distressed. We can feel safe and secure even when our lives are stormy. These can be our physical refuges. But we have an even greater spiritual refuge, and that is our God, our Lord.
God’s faithful love for us is our refuge when life gets stormy and difficult. I love our verse from Psalms 36; we can be sheltered, take refuge in the Lord. I imagine a mother eagle pulling her young in close and sheltering them under her wings. I feel safe and protected as the Lord pulls me close “in the shadow of His wings.”
In our second verse, Nahum uses the word, stronghold. A stronghold is like a castle or fort or walled city, a place well-fortified against attack. God cares for all who take refuge in Him. When we are too weak to fight our own battles, God gives us His strength. When the storm seems to take us under, God raises us up. When we can’t seem to see our way out, God lights a path and guides us out.
This week, think about your answer to our question, where is your refuge? Do you try to depend only on yourself and solve your own problems, fight your own skirmishes? Or is God your refuge? He loves you dearly and faithfully. He is ready to step in and care for you. You have only to seek Him and take refuge in the shadow of His wings.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we verify that God is our refuge in the storms and troubles of our lives.
Blessings, love and refuge in our God!