Run to your stronghold!

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The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9

One thing is certain in life: trouble will come. When it comes (not if), where will you run? You will run somewhere; you will seek a stronghold. Here David teaches us that in oppression and times of trouble, God is a sure stronghold. We see people running to a wide array of strongholds seeking refuge, but we come to see that these strongholds are never strong enough. They let us down; they crumble as we seek protection within their gates. God alone is King, and God alone can protect us from whatever it is we face.

More than we care to admit, we have all sought refuge in all kinds of other places to escape from pain — physical, emotional, or spiritual. I’ve looked for safety, security, approval, affirmation, comfort, encouragement, and strength from people or things never meant to meet those needs. It was Spurgeon who once commented, “There are many forms of oppression; both from man and from Satan oppression comes to us; and for all its forms, a refuge is provided in the Lord Jehovah. There were cities of refuge under the law, God is our refuge-city under the gospel.

Friends, Jesus is our ultimate stronghold. Through His death on the cross, He faced the oppression and times of trouble we deserved that we might run to Him! Are you oppressed? Are you in a time of trouble? Seek Christ, and put your trust in His work on your behalf, knowing He will not forsake you. Then praise Him over and over again and give Him thanks

I Declare: This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God and I trust in Him.” Psalm 91:2 NLT

Ignite Thought: He who tries to flee from God takes refuge in himself.

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