Seeking Refuge

June 28, 2019
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Psalm 25:20 – Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge. (NLT)

The day appeared calm enough, but the elements soon released their hidden fury.

My brother and I — along with my daughter — set out early for a ten-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. At the five-mile point, we planned to set up camp and walk the remainder of the way without our packs.

As we reached our destination, the sound of thunder greeted us. Mountain storms were familiar to us, so we decided to set up camp. Within minutes of driving the last tent stake, we felt the first drops of rain. Then came a torrential downpour with lighting to match. We huddled on our rubber sleeping mats, hoping lightning wouldn't strike the tall pines above us.

After sitting for what seemed like hours, we tumbled into a trail shelter nestled a mere 100 yards away. Through pouring rain, intermittent lightning, and puddled water, we made it to our refuge where we remained for the next several hours, listening as storm after storm marched through the mountains. Though our refuge was only a three-sided shelter, we felt secure.

David's enemies were numerous — among them lions, bears, Philistines, giants, and even a jealous king. Regardless of who or what they were, David found refuge in a big God whom he trusted to protect him.

I've sought refuge in healthy and unhealthy things. At the end of a stressful day, I love taking refuge in a good book. I cherish the times when my wife and I can go to a restaurant alone, without friends or the grandboys. Sitting in our old glider on our back patio in the fall of the year is also nice.

But I've also attempted to find refuge in unhealthy things during stressful times. Instead of running to God, I ran to addictions or unhealthy relationships. They brought only temporary satisfaction, along with a foreboding sense of guilt that I was looking in the wrong place.

Where David found refuge is where we should. A healthy relationship with a loving Saviour is the only thing that brings satisfaction, contentment, and peace. All other things and people will disappoint. He always loves unconditionally and protects faithfully. Friendships and family can be the icing on the cake, but they can never take God's place.

Run to God for refuge when times are tough.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being a trustworthy place of refuge when life is stormy — a place that will never disappoint us. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Martin!

    Thank you, Martin. God is indeed our best refuge.

    Indeed, God is a Mighty Refuge! Good read today Martin, thank you!

    Thank you for your message this morning, Martin. Much I needed to hear today. Happy Canada Day weekend to you and yours. Blessings.

    Yes, Martin, Jesus is the rock in a weary land, a shelter in the time of storm! Thanks for sharing this devotional reminder with us. Blessings.

    Your strong testimony is unique, Martin. I could hear your particular voice all through this lovely and memorable devotional and I am thankful.

    Thank you, Martin, for a heartfelt message that touches each one of our hearts. I know there’ve been times when I turn to refuge in other things, but it isn’t worth it. God is the line. He gives us refuge as he draws us near him.

    Hi Martin,
    Such a lovely message of sheltering under the pinions of God’s protective wings when the going gets rough. He truly is our shield and our buckler! Thank you for this reminder.

    Great devotional Martin – how true that we often run away from instead of “to” God – particularly in times of storm.
    A sermon I recently heard really piqued my interest – it talked about how, in us trying to control our own lives, we “plan for God to fail”. Interesting.

    Hello Martin,
    Thanks for writing this devotional reminding us that God is truly our best refuge to carry us through life’s trials. He certainly is our rock to lean on!
    Blessings for your meaningful writings.

    I really enjoyed this devotional today!!! So true how we can run to the wrong things, but God is faithful.
    That was very descriptive, and it was I was right there as I was reading.
    Thank you and have a great weekend.
    God bless.

    Thank you, Martin, for your most timely message. I live in a retirement home, where daily we see evidence of resident’s minds deteriorating. Family, friends and staff are always reassuring, but there are days I continue to worry will be next.
    I pray constantly.
    Thank you.
    In God’s name.

    Thank you, Martin Wiles,

    So true Martin. My husband passed unexpectedly, and I expected refuge from my church. Nope. It only comes from the Lord. He does not disappoint.


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