PRAISE AND POWER              OUR REFUGE IN TIME OF NEED             July 31, 2019

In Old Testament times, God set up certain cities of refuge -- places where someone who had committed a crime could find protection until he or she would stand trial and be judged. Numbers 35:11-12: "Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares. And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment." Today we do not have cities of refuge to which we may run.

So where do we run when we are faced with fears or unsettling situations in our lives? As little children we probably ran to Mom or Dad. They were bigger and stronger and knew how to take care of us. They would shelter us from harm and danger. A refuge is a place that provides shelter and protection. Geese and ducks have places where they can go so they will not be harmed. Bird sanctuaries are set up as places of protection for our "feathered friends." "GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1) In politically troubled times we often hear about refugees. Political refugees are people seeking refuge from whatever is plaguing them in their homelands. These people want to go to a place where they will be protected and where they will be able to improve their lives. To Israel, Deuteronomy 33:27 says: "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them." God was a great refuge for Israel.


Today, until a person comes to God and gets born-again by confessing Jesus as Lord and believing God raised him from the dead, life is subject to the thief spoken of in John 10:10: “The thief [the Adversary] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I [Jesus Christ] am come that they [believers] might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” We have a refuge in Christ. To Old Testament believers, Psalm 9:9 says, "The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in time of trouble." God is much stronger than Mom and Dad in time of trouble. God was a refuge and strength to His people. Isaiah 25:4: "For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall." This refers to Old Testament believers. In Christ we have a more than abundant life. What a refuge!

Psalm 91:2: "I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust." Verse 4: "He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust:…." As a mother hen tucks her baby chicks under her wings, God's protection was just as sweet and tender. Verses 9-11: "Because thou has made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." Again, if God’s Word can say these things for Old Testament believers, how much more He has done and will He do for born-again believers today. In times of need we have a refuge in God in Christ. As sons and daughters of God, how thankful we should be for the even greater refuge, comfort, blessings, abilities, rights, and privileges we have received from God in Christ. God is our refuge in time of need.

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“PRAISE AND POWER” is an independent ministry, continued in honor of Milford and Betty Bowen by Earl and Nancy Burton.  Our prayer is as theirs was that you will be edified as you apply the principles of God’s Word in a practical way in your life. You may contact us: PO Box 473, Earlysville, VA 22936 or by email: praisenpower@gmail.com  073119 ENB

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