Our True Refuge

Our homes are not our true refuge. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.” The Coronavirus has caused all of us to change how we live our lives, hunkering down in our homes, and following the social distancing practices given to us by the CDC. Now is the time for followers of Christ to take refuge in our almighty God. We can go to God at any time because He can be found in times of trouble.

In Psalm 46:8, a different kind of invitation is given: “Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth.” Some would argue that this statement is too cruel and wonder why anyone would want to worship a God that would do such a thing. It is important to notice what God destroys: wars, bows, spears, chariots. These are symbols that leaders of nations go to for a false sense of refuge. We see in the psalm God destroys these objects.

It is during these times of trouble we see the value of our true refuge. Psalm 46 closes by encouraging the people of God that the Lord undeniably is their fortress, and He is in their midst. Instead of focusing so much on taking refuge in our homes, the daily news updates, and stocking up on supplies hoping to find security, let us be still and see that God is a refuge continually available.  

Pastor Justin Villines