Refuge means protection. The writer of Hebrews makes this personal because the Eternal God is totally relational. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
The Lord is my helper and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
King David said in Psalms 1:1-3, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”
Psalm 37:3-5 says, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.”
I am a spoiled son of God. God has given me everything, far and beyond what I asked for or dreamed of, and all through signs, wonders, and miracles. I shared all of this in my book, Divine Intervention: The Confessions of a Pastor.
Our Eternal Security
Before I begin talking about the four things that are eternal, which are the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the Eternal Purpose. I want to mention our own eternal security.
God is omnipotent, almighty, omnipresent (ever present), omniscient (all knowing), and He loves and cares about us.
Matthew 10:29 says not one sparrow falls “to the ground outside your Father's care.” So, how much more does He love and care for us? But to experience His power we must be confident in His love, talk to Him, and be open to Him because we are secure in His love.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” So, we keep a close, open, and honest talking relationship with Him. We confess our sins each day and we are forgiven of our sins of omission and commission.
Romans 8:1 says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” or those who trust in Jesus. We do battle with the world, the flesh, and the devil.
With all that said, let’s go back to eternity past.
We begin with the past eternity, the time before there was a universe, before a planet was ever brought into existence, before even the angels were created.
We go into the past eternity to find out those things that have neither a beginning or ending, and we see four facts: The eternal God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the Eternal Purpose.
So, first we’ll talk about God the Father. Deuteronomy 33:27 says, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’”
God the Father was the refuge for all those believing saints in the Old Testament. Jesus and the Holy Spirit came in the New Testament, but God the Father is our Refuge and the One holding us in His eternal arms for all time.
It is a beautiful promise of strength to the weary and assurance to the faltering forever and ever.
I’ve always loved a movie that ends saying, “And they lived happy ever after.” The movie of our lives has the same ending. We will live happy also for ever after.
His Divine Intervention in Our Lives
Only the eyes of faith can see Him and experience His divine intervention in our lives.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
So, we don’t approach Him with our minds because Isaiah 55:8 says, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.” So, we can’t come to the Eternal Father with our minds.
King Solomon, the most wise, wealthy, and powerful man on earth, put it this way in Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
There is a crossroads that comes to all of us and it’s called, “Who are you going to trust?”
There are times of brokenness and disappointment in our lives that cause us to ask the question, “Who is our heart going to trust?”
The eye of faith looks up and beholds Him. There He stands, asking us this question. He is the all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving, most Holy God the Father, and in times of trouble, He is there with His hand reaching out. He speaks to the heart, not the mind, because the mind follows the heart.
The Preacher’s Wife: ‘I Love You Lord’
There was an unforgettable day that the Lord spoke to my heart. It was in a movie theater in 1996.
The movie was The Preacher’s Wife staring Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington.
It’s a Christmas movie about a pastor and his wife and God sending an angel to help them. In the midst of all their trouble, they had their Christmas service where Whitney sang the song entitled, “I love the Lord," with the choir backing her up.
The words of the song were taken from Psalm 116:1-2: “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.”
Whitney is without question one of the greatest singers of all times. Her song touched my soul forever. She brought heaven to earth as she sang, “For as long as I live, I will hasten to His throne to receive mercy and grace.”
I wept and wept. God had met me and touched my soul in a movie theater, and I would never be the same.
From that day on I learned to just fall to my knees and call on the name of the Lord. I went into a love relationship with the Lord. I became a worshiper and I stepped into the Presence of God because God dwells in the praises of His people.
Afterward, signs, wonders, and miracles of God through the grace and mercy of
God began to happen in my life. I am saved only by the mercy of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.”
It’s all through the mercy of God. The thief on the cross just said, “‘Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise’” (Luke 23:42-43).
‘Victory Today is Mine’
Victory over the world, flesh, and the devil is ours.
So, in our faith walk with God, we say, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
Actor Robert Duval sang it this way in his movie, The Apostle: “Victory is mine; victory is mine. Victory today is mine. I told Satan to get thee behind. Victory today is mine.”
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