“The eternal God is thy refuge.” Deuteronomy 33:27
‘The eternal God!’ How can we poor creatures of time ascend to His glorious majesty? We cannot. But the eternal God has come down to us in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God ‘manifest in the flesh’ (I Tim. 3:16). We rest in Him for our salvation, and we do not trust Him in vain. He is our refuge or our ‘dwelling.’
In the eternal God our refuge, we have salvation. Salvation is not in the church, but in the Christ; not in the sacraments, but in the Saviour. None but Jesus can do guilty sinners good. He gives us freedom from the haunting sense of guilt for a shameful past. He imparts to us the vital power to live in holiness and Christian victory. He admits us to the joy of real fellowship with our Father in heaven. He makes this life worth living, and in the darkest circumstances, He breaks through the clouds with the sunlight of eternal love. What a joy to know that He who loved us before time began, and showed that love in the work of the cross, loves us still, whatever our earthly circumstances may be!
In the eternal God our refuge, we also have security. The eternal God knows no change. ‘I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed’ (Mal. 3:6). Even the most timid believer in Christ is safe and secure. It is not the strength of our faith that guarantees our safety, but the strength of our refuge. All of the Israel of God ‘shall dwell in safety’ (Deut. 33:28).
Fear not, for we who have God as our refuge are secure however fiercely storms or battles rage. As David said, ‘God is our refuge…Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea’ (Psalm. 46:1, 2). Therefore, O Christian, fret not, and be at rest in God your refuge.
Quote: My faith has no bed to sleep upon but omnipotency. – Samuel Rutherford
Q72: What is forbidden in the seventh commandment?
A: The seventh commandment forbiddeth all unchaste thoughts,1 words,2 and actions.3
1. Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matthew 5:28).
2. Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient. (Ephesians 5:4).
3. Fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you. (Ephesians 5:3).