Devotional: “To the Shelter”
In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain” . . . ?
What isyour place of refuge? Are you disturbed when people challenge you? Or when you look around at the turmoil and instability of the world in which we live? Jesus warned us that, as this age draws to its close, we will “hear of wars and revolutions,” and that“ men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world” (Luke 21:9, 26).
All this teaches us that we need a place of refuge. In all the dwelling places of modern Israel, from the largest cities to the smallest villages and settlements, there is one universal sign painted in red or black on the walls of the buildings: To the Shelter.
A generation of war and threats of war has imprinted on the minds of the people of Israel one vital lesson: Every person needs a place of refuge. David said, “In the LORD I take refuge.” He had a place of refuge, and he knew it. He was not intimidated by the dangers that confronted him. Rather, he challenged those who questioned whether such a refuge was sufﬁcient.
He asked them, “How can you tell me to ﬂee like a bird to my mountain?” For these people the “mountain” was the visible emblem of strength and stability. It seemed ridiculous and impractical to them to seek refuge in something invisible and spiritual—something they could not apprehend with their physical senses.
Many people today have the same outlook. For their security they look only to the material world and to human resources. Yet God Himself warns us, “The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee . . .” (Isaiah 54:10 KJV). Where is your place of refuge?
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91:2).
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