A refuge is a place where we can be safe from danger and trouble. Think of it as a safe-haven where you can find comfort and rest from the problems and challenges of life. In his grace God provided six Cities of Refuge in Israel. These were scattered throughout the land and were a haven where someone accused of manslaughter could flee. There were six Cities of Refuge so that one was never too far away. Once inside a City of Refuge the accused were protected from vengeance and could find a fair trial for their crime.
In Hebrews 6:18 believers are described as "we who have taken refuge". Jesus is our refuge, our safe-haven offering comfort and rest. The question we need to ask ourselves is whether we have taken refuge. In the Old Testament the accused had to flee to the City of Refuge. If they were outside it their lives were in danger from the one who could avenge the death of the person they had killed. For example in 2 Samuel 3:27 we find Joab, the commander of David's Army, avenging the death of His brother at the gate of Hebron, a city of refuge. It was not enough that the accused was at the gate. There was no protection to be found standing in the entry way. Instead safety is only to be found in the place of refuge.
Do you need a safe-haven today? Are your burdens and responsibilities weighing you down and wearing you out? Maybe you being crushed under the shame of a sin? Today is the day to flee to Jesus where we can join those who have taken refuge. He is nearby. Don't stand at the periphery. Go into Him. Commit your entire mind, emotion, and will to Him. Go into Him, cast all your anxiety on Him. He will take and bear your burden because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Then, this Sunday join the community of "we who have taken refuge" as we praise our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, our refuge.