“We who have fled for refuge”
How many – or few – desire from their hearts to flee “for refuge” from the godlessness of today’s world? Hebrews 7 today has many thought-challenging points like this! But first we are in awe of Isaiah 24 and its description of God’s judgement’s on the earth – and then of the wonder that follows!
The prophet is caused to describe the time when
“the earth is violently shaken … its transgression lies heavy upon it, and it falls … On that day the LORD will punish … the kings of the earth … Then the moon will be confounded and the sun ashamed, for the LORD of hosts reigns on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and his glory will be before his elders” (verses 19-21,23).
How much does our godless world deserve to be violently shaken – for human godless transgressions abound? How close are we to “that day”?
How increasingly uncertain life is today in most countries, perhaps we should say, all countries: the daily news is a continuous account of troubles and godlessness. In the letter to the Hebrews today we read that
“we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul …” (Hebrews 6:18,19).
Those who know and fully believe the “hope” and the eternal wonder of it – realise more and more with their seeking minds as they read God’s word, that it does
“show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose …” (verse 17).
As this world becomes more godless we are in awe that the time must be getting really close when we will urgently seek that “refuge”. This, for most if not all of us, it will be a spiritual refuge because we have developed a genuine strength of faith, a conviction that God is in control – and soon we will recognise his ‘will’ is being carried out and will be wondrously thankful for his “refuge”.