Morning, November 10, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The eternal God is a dwelling place [refuge, KJV].” — Deuteronomy 33:27
The word refuge may be translated “mansion,” or “abiding-place,” which gives the thought that God is our abode, our home. There is a fulness and pleasantness in the metaphor, for dear to our hearts is our home, whether it be the humblest cottage, or the most frugal attic; and far dearer is our blessed God, in whom we live, and move, and have our being. It is at home that we feel safe: we shut the world out and dwell in quiet security. So, when we are with our God we “fear no evil.” He is our shelter and retreat, our abiding refuge. At home, we take our rest; it is there we find tranquility after the fatigue and toil of the day. And so, our hearts find rest in God, when, wearied with life’s conflict, we turn to him, and our soul dwells at ease. At home, also, we let our hearts free; we are not afraid of being misunderstood, nor of our words being misconstrued. So, when we are with God we can commune freely with him, laying open all our hidden desires; for if the “secret of the Lord is for those that fear him,” the secrets of those that fear him ought to be, and must be, with their Lord. Home, too, is the place of our truest and purest happiness: and it is in God that our hearts find their deepest delight. We have joy in him which far surpasses all other joy. It is also for our home that we work and labor. The thought of it gives strength to bear the daily burden, and quickens the fingers to perform the task; and in this sense, we may also say that God is our home. Love for him strengthens us. We think of him in the person of his dear Son; and a glimpse of the suffering face of the Redeemer compels us to labor in his cause. We feel that we must work, for we have brothers yet to be saved, and we have our Father’s heart to make glad by bringing home his wandering sons; we would fill with holy laughter the sacred family among whom we dwell. Happy are those who have in this manner the God of Jacob for their refuge!