Isaiah – Revealing Our Refuge

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The greatest treasure hunt that we could ever undertake is to search for and discover Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, for he is the light of the world. The Book of Isaiah is filled with references to Jesus Christ. In Isaiah we can find Christ as the King who shall “reign in righteousness,” we see him as the one who was “despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief,” and also as the “rejected stone.”

Isaiah reveals Jesus Christ was “wounded for our transgressions, oppressed, afflicted, brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and cut off out of the land of the living.” He became these things for us so that we may find the true spiritual way to our refuge! Isaiah shows the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that shall be ours in an endless life.

Isaiah 25:4 – For thou {God} hast been a strength {a stronghold} to the poor {the meek and humble to the healing Word of God}, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Our God is our stronghold throughout the storms of this life, storms of fear, storms of doubts, and storms of worry because our God has given to us our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who became our substitute for the sin nature.

With Christ within, we have complete and total access to the stronghold and refuge God provides, and without Christ there is no genuine spiritual refuge.

Isaiah 40:29-31:
-29: He {God} giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
-30: Even the youths shall faint and be weary {without God}, and the young men shall utterly fall {without God}:
-31: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk {with God}, and not faint.

When we find our Savior in the Scriptures, he will reveal his heavenly Father to our minds and understanding, and the greater we can soar with spiritual strength and insight to build on our hopes and dreams, for our Savior continually helps us walk with God.

II Corinthians 10:4-5:
– 4:  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal {not of the five senses}, but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;
-5: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every {biblical} thought to the obedience of Christ {bringing our spiritual thoughts to Christ};

“Bringing every thought to the obedience of Christ” literally means that we can bring every biblical concept and detail back to Jesus Christ because he is the subject of the Word. Verse 5 is a request, exhorting us to keep Christ at the forefront of our lives.

The more we discover Christ in the Scriptures the greater our walks with God can become.

“Pulling down of strong holds,” means that we can become more than conquerors in this life over the things that would normally pull us down and perhaps destroy us, because God can “renew our strength.”

From the Scriptures, Jesus Christ reveals our true refuge; his life’s work has always been to bring us (believers) to God so that we may be delivered and enjoy our true spiritual refuge from all the storms of this life.