Refuge and Strength

By Dan Polecheck


God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. “Selah” – Psalm 46:1-3

When my wife drives me to my VA appointments we normally stop in front of the clinic under the large awning to offload my wheelchair before she parks the car. Last week however, we decided to park in accessible parking and then I rode my chair to my appointment. Halfway to the door, the bottom of the sky opened up and I got caught in a downpour of rain. At that point, I was in need of refuge.

I am sure that most of us, at one time in our life, needed to seek refuge or shelter. It could have been from rain, like my story above. It could also have been refuge from heat or cold, or lightening, or snow.

Sometimes we may even need refuge from other types of storms. It could be the storm of life’s struggles or the struggles of the spiritual world. Whatever the problem, we often need to seek help in the form of some type of refuge.

For a believer that refuge is God. When we are weak, He is our strength. When we are troubled, He is our path to peace and comfort. He is our “ever present help in trouble.” Of course, we should all know that because we have found our peace many times in the presence of God through prayer and Scripture.

But just how strong and secure is this refuge? How safe are we, in the hands of our Creator, in the arms of our God? David tells us that the earth could give way and the mountains could fall into the sea, and the waves could tower over us, but God will still stand firm and protect us.

It is very comforting to know that He is that involved in our lives – that He cannot be deterred from protecting us.

No matter what you are going through, be it sickness, grief, persecution, pain, or sorrow, it makes no difference. It doesn’t matter if your struggles involve your family, your friends, your losses or your failures. God is bigger than all of your problems, my problems, and the problems of the world rolled into one. There is nothing that He cannot overcome nor is there anything too difficult for Him.

God is truly our refuge and strength.


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