How many times do we attempt to seek refuge in a problem, rather than God? Why is it that we would rather seek refuge in a weak and broken down circumstance, rather than under the wings of a God that is mighty in power and strength? In Psalm 9:9, we read… “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
When I think back to the many times, when I would attempt to find refuge in my problems; it was as though I was at a place that was broken down…a place that wasn’t able to keep me away from the elements of the storm. This place that I was attempting to seek refuge in, was similar to an old cabin in the woods that was missing part of the roof, while no door was there to keep me safe from the evil that was attempting to take me down. In my mind’s eye, I could see the darkness that seemed gray and dingy, as I peered through the cracks of the walls. Finally I came to a place, where I realized that I had taken shelter in my circumstances, rather than with God.
Our problems can lead us to a fork in the road; where we need to decide, as to what direction we will take, during these difficult times. If we are too buried in the thoughts of our problems; then we just might end up finding ourselves seeking refuge in them. I have come to see that seeking refuge in God means that I can experience a peace and tranquility, even in the midst of what may seem to be a chaotic situation. Today, can we truly say that we have found a place of refuge, where we can look out the windows of the shelter that God has provided for us and experience His beautiful presence, even as we look at our storm on the horizon? When we can turn to God…read His word and share our every thought with Him; then we will be seeking refuge, in a God that will become the stronghold and shelter we need, until the storm passes by.