TRUTH: God is My Refuge

I received a text from my brother in the Lord, Jermel Dortch. At the heart of the text, he had embedded a verse that struck a chord with me as it relates to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Undoubtedly, we all face literal storms. For those in Texas and Louisiana, Harvey represented a life changing experience. The vast majority of those impacted by the storm lost their major possessions like homes, cars, photos and the like. Now, as Hurricane Irma is speeding through the Caribbean seemingly toward a head on collision with Florida and the east coast, others are facing a storm that has been heralded as one of the most powerful storms in history. It has already been tabbed as Category 5 hurricane that has sustained winds of 185 miles per hour. TRUTH: God is My Refuge.

With winds like that, no one needs to tell people to seek refuge. In fact, there has already been a call for an evacuation in Florida. On Monday, the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, said, “In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared,” Finding refuge in a storm is not unique to Houstonians, Floridians or those in the Caribbean.

King David cited Almighty God as his place of refuge. Listen to what David said.

Psalm 62:8

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.

David said, “God is our refuge.” Clear cut and simple. I simply want to share the TRUTH: God is My Refuge. What is a refuge? defines refuge as a place of shelter, protection, safety, relief or escape. With Hurricane Harvey, some did not seek refuge when they were told the storm is coming. After seeing the impact of the storm especially with those who did not listen to the call to seek refuge from the storm, those in Florida are more attentive and responsive. We can see that from the long lines for gas, for food and water and the like.

Since the Fall of Man in Genesis 3, man has been seeking refuge not always in the right place. King David shares with us that Almighty God, Jehovah, is our refuge for the storms of life. Furthermore, David did not limit us to seeking refuge in God to only in the storms of life. He said, “Trust in him at all times, you people.” This was written to those who claim allegiance with Jehovah, the one true God. We are to pour out our hearts to him. When things bother or hurt us, we are to empty ourselves of that thing by sharing it with God allowing Him to hear and help us with what we know we cannot contend. Just as those in the path of Irma know they have no reasonable defense against her, we, without God’s help, have no reasonable defense for our lives and the lives of those we love and care deeply about. TRUTH: God is My Refuge.

TRUTH: God is My Refuge. God is the one to whom I flee. What about you? To whom do you seek refuge? Perhaps, it is not even a person but a thing – a drink, a drug, an idol.  In this passage (62), David tells us “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

With storms like you see in the lives of others, do I really need to tell you to seek refuge?Do you want rest for your soul? Do you want to find a firm foundation, a place of stability for your life? Do you want to be covered and protected far from wavering in faith in critical times? Do you want salvation and honor for your life? If you do, seek God, Jehovah, and trust in Him to be and do all those things for you. TRUTH: God is My Refuge. Is He yours?

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