This Beautiful Place Called Refuge

A few weeks ago one of my Refuge team leaders asked me if there was a specific reason why I name our ministry Refuge.  There wasn’t a specific reason, however if you do a word study on the word refuge the Bible paints a beautiful place where God allows us to come into.  In Numbers 35 God tells Moses to create cities of Refuge when he leads the people of Israel into the land of Canaan.  These cities were set up for protection in case someone accidentally killed someone without intent, so they can be protected until they where able to stand trail.  God’s Refuge is a place we can go to for His protection.  This place of protection is a “strong fortress.” Psalm 31 “…Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!”  God’s refuge is not going to break. Who can come into this place called refuge? Anyone.  It is for those who are oppressed. Psalm 9:9, “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” Psalm 9 also brings us to our next point as well as Psalm 59:16 that we can enter into God’s refuge during times of trouble.  Psalm 59:16, “…for you are my fortress my refuge in times of trouble.”  God’s refuge is for the poor. Isaiah 25:4, “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.” We will not be condemned for entering into God’s refuge. Psalm 34:22, “The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.”  It is a blessing to be able to take refuge in the Lord. Psalm 2: 12,”…Blessed are all who take refuge in him,” and Psalm 34: 8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Who is are refuge? God and God alone. Deuteronomy 33:27, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…” God is our Refuge, He is our resting place, He will not condemned, He is our protection, it is for our good that we go to Him. When we first start people out in our discipleship training  this is the very first thing we look at.  We look at this incredible place we can run to. God’s Refuge!

 

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