A place where a person feels safe.
God told Moses to establish three cities of refuge for Israel. Deuteronomy 19:1-3 says, “When the Lord your God destroys the nations whose land he is giving you, you will take over their land and settle in their towns and homes. Then you must set apart three cities of refuge in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Survey the territory, and divide the land the Lord your God is giving you into three districts, with one of these cities in each district. Then anyone who has killed someone can flee to one of the cities of refuge for safety.”
And why were these cities of refuge needed? Deut. 19:5 answers that; “For example, suppose someone goes into the forest with a neighbor to cut wood. And suppose one of them swings an ax to chop down a tree, and the ax head flies off the handle, killing the other person. In such cases, the slayer may flee to one of the cities of refuge to live in safety.”
The church should be a place of refuge today. It should be a place where anyone can go, regardless of what’s going on in their lives, and find grace and refuge. It should be a place of peace.
But is it? Some are in many cases, the church is not the place of refuge it should be. Folks, we are all sinners. Every last one of us. None of us are in a position to point fingers or judge someone else. We received grace and we need to be people of grace.
Is your church a place of refuge? What about your Sunday School class? Is it a place where someone who has beaten up in life can come and find refuge… peace… mercy…?