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Thoughts and Reflections on Scripture



Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
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When I was a kid, I loved to build forts. You probably did too: drape a blanket over the coffee table, or nail some boards to a tree. I also liked to draw castles on graph paper, complete with secret passages, unconquerable defenses, integrated escape routes, and more.

I didn't realize it at the time, but I think I was acting out an ancestral instinct to find a place of protection.

I looked up ‘refuge’ using Google, and it defines it as a place to hide, a place to be protected from one's enemies. When you have refuge, you are safe from pursuit, from danger, or from trouble. A refuge is a type of shelter from whatever may assail.

It might not make sense to the casual observer why someone would seek refuge in God. God can't be seen, or touched, and some might even say it seems foolhardy to put one's safety in the hands of something so intangible.

And yet, if you speak with someone who stands on this faith, you'll hear the same thing: God is a protector! He blesses us in innumerable ways when we put our trust in him! He helps us to “not be moved.” He provides us with gladness and moves our souls to rejoicing!