What Do You Take Refuge In?

Psalms 18:2 (ESV) The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalms 18:30 (ESV) This God—his way is perfect;  the word of the Lord  proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

Psalms 31:1-4 (ESV)
1  In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;  let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me!
2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
3 For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge.

Psalms 31:19 (ESV) Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you,  in the sight of the children of mankind!

Psalms 46:1-3 (ESV)
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

Psalms 118:8-9 (ESV)
8  It is better to take refuge in the Lord  than to trust in man.
9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord  than to trust in princes.

Are you taking refuge in God?

Or do you take refuge in food?

Alcohol?

TV?

Relationships?

Shopping?

Added later:

Internet?

Job?

Finances?

Savings?

What is it you turn to when stressed?

That is what you are taking refuge in!



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4 thoughts on “What Do You Take Refuge In?

  1. I cannot tell a lie: If there is no chocolate at the ready, there is usually a blogger somewhere in my reader who has posted an encouraging word. You forgot to include “Internet” on your list of vices!

    It is very interesting that you ask where we take refuge. I was reading My Utmost for His Highest this morning and there was a reference to Matthew 6:25-34. It occurred to me how hard we work to avoid having to depend on God for our daily bread. How much energy we expend trying to shield ourselves from walking in faith concerning our finances.

    This was revelatory for me as we have (you may remember) constantly been finding ourselves having to replace or repair, or having to pay bills for an elderly parent. Living close to the edge and feeling like a failure (on my part) for not being a better steward of resources and saving so that we can be “secure” in the face of the unexpected.

    All that to say that for many of us in the prosperous American church, it would be a safe bet to say that we take refuge in our stellar financial management and the resulting nest eggs it produces.

    I’m not discounting the value of saving. We’re still attempting to do that. But it occurrred to me this morning how ungrateful it is of me that rather than thank God for providing us with the means to take care of the needs that arise, I instead lament that our oh-so-precious savings are being raided yet again!

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Terry,

    You shouldn’t have mentioned internet! Ours has been out all day. 🙂 Now I have handfuls of emails to respond to since that is such a convenient way for me to communicate long distance.

    Taking refuge in finances is so true. I hadn’t really thought about it, but I guess we all do tend to take refuge in our jobs, bank accounts and even the food in the pantry. We’ve always had enough to meet our needs although sometimes we’ve had to use money for unplanned bills when we had different desires for it.

    We really do struggle with being thankful don’t we? 🙁

    Berean Wife

  2. Have enjoyed your series on pride, I have been researching the subject for a series of lectures and your material was by far the most comprehensive and well presented. Congratulations on a job well done, appreciate the help and inspiration.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Pastor Atkinson,

    I’m glad you could benefit from my husband’s series on Pride. He spends quite a bit of time studying and working on lessons before he writes them out. Pride is a little discussed issue in today’s society. 🙁

    Berean Wife

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