Running from Our Refuge?

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Those who know Your name trust in You because You have not abandoned those who seek You, Lord” (Psalm 9:9-10, HCSB).

What a glorious promise! In any and every trouble we face, our Lord offers strength, comfort, peace, and hope.

Why is it, then, that we sometimes end up turning this promise on its head? When times get tough, some disciples seem to run away from God in­stead of running to Him. Circumstances in their lives become difficult, challenges arise, and they stop assembling for worship. They stop praying. They stop studying. They stop associating with spiritual family. They stop trusting. So it’s not surprising that, eventually, some of them just stop believing.

Notice that David speaks of God as a refuge for those who know His name, who trust in Him, who seek Him. They do not abandon Him, and they know He will not aban­don them.

In every storm of life, you can take shelter in the Lord. See every challenge as a reason to draw closer to Him, not pull away. Don’t run from your refuge.