Where Is Safety?
Basket of Figs, December, 2008
“We have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.” [Is. 28:15b] The man who does not seek his safety in God must seek it somewhere else. Sometimes he finds it in other people, whose lying words give him a sense of security. “There is no God, or certainly one that will judge the world.” “There is a God,” they may say, “but nothing certain can be known about him; if you follow your heart and do the best you can, you will be all right.” There are many lies from the devil who is the Father of Lies, according to Christ. Where faith is weak or absent, man seeks to avoid responsibility and ownership of his sins, by lying about them and lying about God.
The man of faith finds his refuge in God, who cannot lie. “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:” (Heb 6:18) Faith leads us to trust in God, who made the heaven and the earth. This puts us in touch with reality and we begin to see things clearly, not deceived by our own hearts. None of the vain refuges built by men’s imaginations can stand the judgment of God. “Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.” (Isa 28:17)
“But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.” (Ps 59:16)