Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Shelter from the Storm

There are storms in life.  

They come in many different forms.  From the flood waters and tornadoes that have devastated so many areas of our country right now to the very personal storms of health problems, financial crisis, job loss, broken relationships and so many more heartaches and dilemmas

There are storms - but there is also an anchor in the storm.  

If you are caught in a sudden downpour, given opportunity what is your first response?  To take shelter.  Oh, how wonderfully welcome is an umbrella!

Why then do we ever try to weather a storm of life on our own?  God is our anchor in a storm.  He is our relief from the assailing winds.  Look at what David wrote when he was being pursued by Saul, "Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast."  In the 'shadow of thy wings...'  How beautiful the picture is.  Just being in the shadow of God protects us.

But to be in his shadow we must be near him.  And when we draw near he is there to protect, to encourage and to calm the storm, or to calm us.  

Look at the full context of today's scripture, "Trust in the Lord and do good;  so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed."  Trust God and do good and we will be cared for.  

Don't be fearful of the storms of life. Our God commands the winds and the sea (Matthew 8:27) and he will care for us.

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