Scripture of the Day – God is Our Refuge

Not only is God our refuge, but he wants to be our refuge all the time in all circumstances. God is never bothered and loves us to come to him in every way. Praise God for these things. The more I thought about this, the more Scripture came to mind (John 14:26).

We find refuge through prayer and Scripture.

The name of the LORD is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10*
(I would guess that a two part sermon could be given on this one verse.)

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
Psalm 19:7

the Lord delights in those
who fear him,
who put their hope
in his unfailing love.
Psalm 147:11

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
Lamentations 3:25

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he cares for those who take refuge in him.
Nahum 1:7

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Romans 15:4

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
Ephesians 6:18

pray continually,
1 Thessalonians 5:17

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them, and they with me.
Revelation 3:20

*This is the well-known verse where the traditional translations render it “the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” I always wonder if the tower is padded so that they don’t get hurt. “Look at all of those silly Christians lying around, having run into that tower.” At least they’re safe. Whenever somebody says that they ran into an old friend, I tell them that I hope neither of them got hurt. It can be difficult for those of us who are literal thinkers. I could go on about people who don’t stand in the way of sinners, but that’s another story that most of you are familiar with.

Sorry for the diversion. I pray that we will find refuge in God more and more.

2 Responses to “Scripture of the Day – God is Our Refuge”

  1. 1 Thomas Provost

    Hi Jeff,

    Actually I would not want to simply run “to” a tower in a time of danger. I would rather get inside (into) it. Safer on the inside. The English language is a funny thing isn’t it?

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    I was wondering about that, as far as the wording. Since it says ‘fortified’, it would have stuff in it for us too. And like you say, just running to it, without going inside, wouldn’t make much sense.

    Most newer translations only say “to”, but none of them say “inside”, so there must be some difficulty with the Hebrew on exactly how to translate that so that it makes sense to a reader like me. I think it’s my brain that’s a funny thing as much as the language (and translating to it) can be difficult.

    Thanks for commenting.

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