Would you take refuge in the Lord if He offered you the chance? If the Lord offered you protection, would you stay in His stronghold? Many would jump at the opportunity, but few would stay because of the terms and conditions.
First, the Lord is good. He’s not just better than most, but is supremely good. He is good unparalleled. There is no higher good than Him. So if you would take refuge in Him, you must be good in His presence. The Lord tolerates no evil not sin in His presence. If you would be protected by the Lord, then you must remain good in His company.
Second, God’s care is supreme. God not only cares for your physics life, but for your soul. He cares whether you are tempted to do those same things that caused you distress in the first place. Once people get a little peace and rest, any vices you enjoy come back to haunt you, and threaten you again with the distress you just escaped. So being in God’s stronghold will require you to change. Change is hard. But change in the hand of a wise teacher is good. He will counsel and encourage, but He will also direct and discipline.
If the Lord offered you safety and protection today, would you take it? Something to consider on this Thursday.