It’s raining outside and I’m getting soaked. “Come in or you’ll catch a cold!” and I do (come in, not catch a cold). Water evaporates as I switch from wetting to drying. I’m not getting rained on anymore, but I’m not instantly dry, either. Refuge is quick but drying off takes time.
We took our kids to a new house to be babysat. We trusted these people without a doubt and were instantly on our way to our hot date. The kids were a bit scared as they slowly wandered into the place, finally feeling safe by the time we picked them up. They cried when we left them; they cried because we were taking them home!
I think about how refuge is quick but trust takes time when I read Psalm 62:6-8. Whenever a writer quotes a scripture verse, I usually skip over it and jump to the point. Terrible, right? You might do it, too. So, instead of a nice italicized inline textblock for you to skip, let’s break this down. I’m trying to make a point, here, and you need to be familiar with the verse. When the Psalmist says that God is his rock and salvation, he’s describing refuge. He found a good place to stand with no complaint because, well, it beats the alternative! You would think that this would lead to instant and total trust in God, but it doesn’t. Ps 62 goes on, saying that we need to trust in him at all times, you people! (I love that). Trust is the willingness to pour out your hearts to God (verse 8b) because God is our refuge.
Refuge meets the need caused by an impending danger — sin — and is instant.
Trust meets the need caused by our busted up hearts — sin — and takes time.
Can I trust God with everything? I mean, I’m glad to be safe and all, but can He really handle xyz? That doubt, expressed by words or by inactivity, is what messes me up. Refuge is instant, but trusting God all the way is difficult.
Remember when Grandma was looking for something in her purse? After a minute of unsuccessful archeological dig, she’d exhale loudly and just dump the contents of her purse out on the kitchen table until she found that rogue tic tac? That’s what it should look like as we pour out our hearts before the Lord. That kind of vulnerability takes time, even though we’re safe and sound in His fortress of salvation through Christ.
Standing up is much easier than pouring out. Yes? Pour out anyway. What’s to worry about? You’re safe.
Be grateful for salvation but listen to the Psalm: trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.