Psalm 141:8–“But my eyes are upon You, O God the Lord; in You I take refuge…”
Is it OK to take refuge, to escape from the things that are working against us? Is it wimpy? Is it scared? Is it lazy to take refuge? Is it ignoring the problem? Is it denial? Is it losing the battle when we hide from it?
Yes, it is scared, denial and losing–unless we’re hiding in God.
We should always be hiding in God. He should always be our covering and protection. As soon as we step out from under His protection under our own power, we are on our own and ill-equipped. We weren’t created to duke this life out on our own. We may look strong and successful without God for a long time, but ultimately we will fail. That failure may not come until death and we find ourselves facing an eternity in Hell without Him because we chose a life on earth without Him. But we fail.
When I say refuge and hiding, I am not talking about curling up in a fetal position sucking our thumbs, although there may be times when that is appropriate–for a season–but only in the Lord, in dependence and crying out to Jesus.
I am talking about putting everything we say, think and do through a Jesus filter, a Jesus paradigm and accepting the protection, wisdom and blessing He promises when we do that. I don’t care how tough we are, we all seek refuge in something or someone. Anything besides God that we seek refuge in will eventually let us down. Money is fleeting. Our jobs will suck the life out of us. Too much, or the wrong, food will make us sick. Drugs, alcohol, illicit sex–we all know what those do. Even exercise comes to the end of its benefits. Family is temporary. Going to church for the wrong reasons is useless.
God is the only One who cares about us beyond our wildest expectations and will always be there to give us true refuge. When we take refuge in Him by living in obedience to Him, then most of the things we used to escape to outside of God suddenly become good and healthy things. Instead of inadequate protection, they become weapons to fight with in our spiritual, emotional and even physical battles.
In other words, hiding in God is not really walking away from the battle. It is asking the General of Generals, the Chief of Staff to fight with us and often for us–because we just don’t have what it takes without Him. And He is more than happy to oblige. He loves His kids and loves to fight for us.
So, yes, take refuge–in God alone.