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Our Refuge
Psalm 46: 1,2 (AV); Isaiah 4: 6 (NIV); Psalm 91: 2 (AV)

"In every crisis of life, both in the Old Testament and the New, and in the latter especially in our Lord's teaching, this aspect of God is emphasised: 'God is our Refuge'. Yet until we are hit by sorrow, it is the last thing we seek from the Lord." [42] It is at these times when the Christian should turn, nay flee to God. "The Eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms." (Deut. 33: 27). "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him." (Nahum 1: 7). "We have a strong consolation who have fled to our refuge, to take hold of the hope offered to us. This hope is an anchor of the soul, firm and secure." (Hebrews 6: 18,19).

In the 4th Gospel we find: "Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out." (John 6: 37). "Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, 'If anyone thirst, let him come to Me and drink.'" (John 7: 37). "I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8: 12). "I am the door : by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved" (John 10: 9). In the other Gospels and in fact through the rest of the New Testament (NT) the concept of refuge in Christ is repeated over and over again.

Jesus has gone before us to make for us a sanctuary, a refuge, and we know that we can trust Him.

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  1. "Baffled to Fight Better. Talks on the Book of Job" by Oswald Chambers, pp.41 and 42. Simpkin Marshall, London. 1947. I have been influenced greatly, in what follows by 3 books by Oswald Chambers: "My Utmost for His Highest", "Baffled to Fight Better" and "The Shadow of an Agony", and also by "The Gospel of Saint John" by John Marsh.

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