“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. … Be still, and know that I am God; …” Psalm 46:1, 10
A refuge is a safe house or haven; a place where we can feel and actually be safe. God is our refuge. When we are weak and cannot go on, He is our strength. When we are down and out, so low we can barely see light, He is the hand that pulls us up. God is omnipresent*. No matter what trouble we may find ourselves in, God is in the midst of it. He always provides a way of escape from each and every temptation or difficulty. It is our responsibility to be attentive and in tune with Him so that we might recognize that escape route. The words used in the above verses are words that are definitive and unchanging. It’s not that God was or will be our refuge and strength, but rather that He is. The word is encompasses past, present and future. He is constant; He never changes1.
“God is constant. He does not change: He does not grow; He does not evolve; He does not develop—He is immutable (not susceptible to change). All His perfections are without variation, without addition or subtraction and without progression or mutation. He does not increase nor decrease in strength and wisdom. His glory does not fade nor become more glorious; His righteousness and truth are not added to nor diminished. His knowledge does not expand, and His decrees do not change. His promises are steadfast; His word remains unadjusted for all eternity.” 2
Believers struggle with life just as non-believers do. The difference is our choice to believe in, trust and rely on a God that we cannot experience directly with our senses. We must surrender our will over to Him to experience the fullness of who He is. Accepting Him as our safe haven is an important step. Seeing Him for who He is will carry us on into the deep, personal relationship the Lord desires for each of us to have with Him. Don’t hold back, release your faith and soar. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
* everywhere at the same instant.
1 “I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3:6
2 www.embracedbytruth.com; Embraced by Truth … Reflections on Theology and Life; author unknown.