Refuge in the God of Jacob

An Armenian- Russian painter captured waves on his canvases like none other.  These depictions of powerful, translucent waves are beautiful and terrifying at the same time, and the ships in distress add poignancy to the paintings of Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky .  See some of them here at

The ships caught in the terrible storms the artist depicted reminded me of the Navy hymn, Eternal Father Strong to Save. What a metaphor these scenes are for our country right now, and how appropriate the hymn. We are in deep peril. America, a country that has been a  rich  recipient of grace and favor from Divine hands, has mocked God for too long. The results all around us, as we can see, are catastrophic.  Those who put their trust in God alone  will find refuge from the storm.  There is no other safe place.

Psalm 46.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge

4 thoughts on “Refuge in the God of Jacob

  1. biggardenblog says:

    [J] The other side of the coin: that still, small, voice. Isaiah was expecting a booming voice and the earth to shake! Maybe so for matters of state, and when such things are necessary. But for those in the know, it’s when the hubbub stops … Thanks Ingrid!

  2. Ron Whited says:

    If ever Christians in America needed the comfort of knowing that our God is our strength and our refuge it is now. These evil days have shown us that our only hope is in Christ Jesus.

  3. Beverley says:

    This is a powerful post, Ingrid. As evil surrounds us, my only desire is that my loved ones would have their eyes opened to the truth and yes, put their hope in God of Jacob not the many gods that have captured them.

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