The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Psalm 9:9 NIV
Canada has welcomed 1,088,015 refugees since 1980. This number includes those who were recognized as refugees in Canada or who were resettled from overseas. Refugees prosper and join Canada’s middle-class within five years of their arrival. Refugees who arrived as adults earn on average $20,000 in employment income in their first year. While this is less than half the Canadian average, their annual earnings climb steadily. Data from the 2014 tax year show that a significant proportion of refugees who have been in Canada for at least five years earn middle-class incomes.
It has never been easy to be a follower of Jesus. Living among sinful people who want to live any way they want, without restraint, it isn’t popular to proclaim the holiness of God and the call to righteousness. Christians are being persecuted and oppressed around the world like never before in the history of the world. At Bible League Canada we receive far too many reports of ministry partners who are beaten, imprisoned and killed simply because of their love for Jesus and their commitment to sharing the Gospel with their own people. They also testify to what Psalm 9:9 says: “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” In the midst of the oppression and persecution, God gives a peace that is inexplicable. He protects the hearts of all who run to Him during the most challenging of times. King David had experienced this, while being chased by King Saul, or later while being threatened by his own son Absalom. No matter what is happening in your life right now, you can run to the Lord Jesus. He will be your refuge and stronghold too.
These have been words from the heart.