“Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place-the Most High, who is my refuge -no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.” –Psalm 91:9-10 (ESV)
When I was visiting the city of Halifax in the Canadian Maritimes, I made it a point to visit the Citadel. It is a great example of fortress architecture. The defences follow a design known as the trace italienne, or simply the star fortress. Perfected in Europe, the star fortress design places the defenders behind its walls in a strong position to repel invaders. Owing to its planned geometrical complexity, the star fortress enables the defenders to fend of any attack from almost every conceivable angle. From a military standpoint they made great defensive installations and from an aesthetic standpoint they were often treated as works of art by their architects. To lay siege to such a monumental structure often proved to be an immensely difficult and costly task and were not overcome easily.
Likewise, God is our ever present strength in times of trouble. Sometimes it may seem as if we are being attacked on all sides with nowhere to turn to. We wonder if there is any place which we can run to and be assured of security and rest. But no matter how hard we may look here below, we will never be able to find such a place. The walls of the supposed fortresses of this world are prone to crumble under pressure and can only offer a mediocre defence against the tribulations we must endure in this fallen world. It is only when we have placed our ultimate trust in Christ that we will be able to find enduring strength and peace. When we have turned to Him and have allowed His Spirit to reside in our hearts, He will reveal to us His faithful protection over us. Though suffering and misery may be all around us, we can find confidence in the truth that in Christ we are protected on all sides. With Him as our refuge no evil will emerge victorious over us for He is insurmountable and able to use all things towards the fulfilment of His perfect will.
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