Devotional

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.” – Psalm 46:1-7

There is virtually no place that you can go to escape the constant stream of new Coronavirus updates. These updates are designed to give you the most up-to-date information on countries and states on lockdown, travel restrictions, numbers of reported cases and deaths, not to mention reports on the catastrophic impact on the global economy.  COVID-19 has become the central focus of the whole world, making many fear the uncertainty of what’s ahead. Everything feels chaotic and uncertain. Where do you find refuge? 

The dictionary says that a “refuge” is a place that provides shelter or protection. Psalms 46 tells us that “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Taking refuge is like finding a safe place during a storm, or getting comfort in a world where “you will have trouble.” We cannot avoid this reality, only find a place of refuge during times of trouble. 

When the Bible describes God as our refuge, it is saying that God is our safe place when we need protection from something.  With God as our refuge, we need not fear — we will not fear — “…when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!” (Psalm 46:2-3.) God is with us, and we can “be still” when we face struggles and storms, and know that our God is God. Where do we find refuge in the storm? 

The simple answer is to find refuge in God. We can run to Him, seek His help, and face our tumultuous hearts and our circumstances squarely by taking refuge in God. In His infinite power and love, God is a safe place for us to place the burdens of our fear and stress. We should seek refuge the minute troubles arise because He is “…always ready to help in times of trouble…“ We can run to our God, hide in His Presence, and find the strength to face our unexpected circumstances with grace. Only He has the power to rescue and deliver you. Only He has the grace you need to face what you are facing. Only He holds the wisdom that, in trouble, you so desperately need. Only He is in, with, and for you at all times. He is the refuge of refuges.

Today you can run to your Heavenly Father, seek refuge in His Presence, and find help to face whatever storms lie in your path without fear.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What it looks like when God becomes your “Refuge,” and then your “Strength,” and then your “Help.” In what ways can we be a refuge to others? 
  2. What do we do this week to lean more on Jesus in times of trials and trouble?