Looking for Refuge

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Merriam-Webster defines refuge as : “shelter or protection from danger or distress”.  Well, I can count on my fingers and toes and probably your fingers and toes the number of times I have needed shelter from protection or distress and I’m not talking about a physical building people.  The imagery of this verse brings me such calmness just reading the first few words, “God is our refuge.” I personally can’t imagine going anywhere else but to my loving heavenly Father for safety when I am feeling fearful, anxious,  discouraged,  uncomfortable, worried, and so on.  He tells us, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” (Psalm 50:15).

God's Open Arms

The amazing thing too is, we can call on Him any time of the day or night, 24/7!  Philippians 4 6:-7 reminds us “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Read that a few times over and tell me you don’t feel a wave of joy, peace, and calmness wash over you.  We don’t have to try to understand stand it, because we can’t.  God’s love for us is not a love of this world.  It is a love so deep and wide and wonderful.  A perfect love that brings Joy, strength, and a refuge in any storm.

Here are 10 verses to let us know we have nothing to fear when we believe and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  He’s got our backs!

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” ~ 1 John 4:18

“But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” ~ Isaiah 43:1

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”  ~ Psalm 56:3

“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” ~ Psalm 23:4

“Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time.  Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:6-7

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” ~ Psalm 27:1

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.  He freed me from all my fears.” ~ Psalm 34:4

“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” ~ Zephaniah 3:17

God is greater than any turmoil or stronghold you face today.  Call on him dear friend,  “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” ~ Psalm 55:22