“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1, NLT).

We often think of our homes as refuges from the harsh realities of the world. Home is a place we can go to get away, be safe and relax. But sometimes home isn’t as safe as we would like. Some avoid home to find their only refuge in harmful substances or destructive behaviors.

God is the home we can go to when there’s no place else to go. He is always there and always ready to help. In God we have a stronghold, or fortified place, with strength for any situation. Some are afraid they’ll get inside the fortress that is God and find rebuke and condemnation instead of refuge so they don’t seek him out. But that will never happen. God really is a place of safety—for everyone, not just a chosen few—without judging or disapproval.

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