So I was watching this silly thriller on TV. A woman was hiding in her closet because there was an intruder in her house. Luckily for her, the intruder was as dumb as fruitcake and for some reason didn’t think of checking the closet.
Unfortunately, the woman was even dumber and ran out from that perfectly good hiding place. The noise alerted the intruder and the chase began.
Why do we do bizarre things like this? Why do we leave perfectly good places of refuge? The answer is simple – we leave our places of refuge because we don’t trust them.
Nahum 1:7 (ESV) says: “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.”
This verse has several different translations which are very telling:
The NIV translates it “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him”
The NLT translates as “The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.”
The word “refuge” is also translated as “trust”. Seeking refuge in God therefore is simply trusting Him.
Trust is the key to intimacy with God for “He is close to those who trust in Him” (NLT)
Trust is the key that opens up blessings and protection for “He cares for those who trust in Him” (NIV)
However, there is one phrase that is the same in all translations: “The Lord is good”.
The fact is God is good and He is our source of help and place of refuge, but to have access to His help and protection we have to trust Him first.
Because if we don’t trust Him, we will run off in search of some other form of security. And if we are not careful, we can spend our whole life running around being stressed, anxious and tired in search of something better than God.