March 16, 2013
This morning I am reading in Joshua 20 about the cities of refuge that God told Joshua to prepare for the Israelites. The city of refuge was for the person who accidently killed someone. They could flee to this city and be safe from the friends and family of the one murdered if they were to try to avenge his blood.
This got me thinking about how we all should have a place set aside that we can run to when we need to seek safety. Whether it be safety from temptation, safety from a sin that we have got ourselves wrapped up in and can’t find the way out, or safety from the stresses that take over our lives. There is a time is every believer’s life that we need to just take a break and take off to seek refuge in the ONE who is our Refuge.
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you…” (Deut 33:27)
Our enemies have no place in our lives when we seek safety. We are protected from them as long as we are running to the place of refuge prepared for us, Jesus Christ.
This also got me thinking about how God prepares places of refuge for us. Sometimes they are involuntary, like my place of refuge was. And other times they are a retreat or a vacation away from the busyness of life. I know that prison was my place of refuge. God had to save me from myself because I was the one who was out to destroy my own life. It was a safe place that He had me all to Himself. I am so thankful that He prepared and placed me in that place of refuge.
“I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 59:16