This Bible study begins a two-month series entitled “He Is …”. I invite you to join us as we explore some of the different aspects of God during this time of study. I pray it will be a blessing to you.
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him.Psalm 91:1-2 NLT
As a child, I loved to play in and around the barn and the other buildings on our family farm in Georgia. Climbing to the barn loft and playing among the bales of hay was fun, as well as playing hide and seek in the barnyard with friends from adjoining farms. We enjoyed climbing trees in the woods and playing ball in the pasture. Playing in the creek was another favorite of mine and the boys and girls who lived nearby.
One day during a ballgame, a sudden rainstorm sent us running for the nearest shelter. That summer shower ended within half an hour, as we sat in a shed where some of the farm implements were stored. We did not mind the diversion and filled the time telling stories until the rain ended. The shelter was dry, and we filled it with exuberant talk and laughter. It was a safe and secure place in which to weather the storm.
Where is God’s Shelter?
Where do we find the shelter of God? It comes into existence when we place our trust in Jesus Christ. Having, and using, the wisdom and direction God gives to us help us weather the storms of life which invariably come our way. Even though these storms are all around us, we can know He is with us and will sustain us no matter what we are going through and, because of this, we are able to be a shelter to other people.
God has called us to be a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat to those who need refuge. We are to take our experiences and our mistakes and reach out to others. As we reach out, we can draw them into the shelter we occupy with God, so they can also rest in His shadow. Not only is God our refuge, He is a place of safety. I like that! It makes me feel secure and loved. The God who made the universe loves us. He loves us more than we will ever comprehend. Just like we are to be a shelter to others, we need to be a refuge to them, as well.
I overheard an interesting quote recently: “We only have one chance to make a first impression.” The people who come through our church doors every Sunday are either believers, seekers, or doubters. They are looking for a refuge, even if they do not yet realize it. Believers are charged to be the face of Jesus to the seekers and doubters. Our churches should be places of safety; they should be a refuge, where everyone who enters feels accepted and loved.Believers are charged to be the face of Jesus to the seekers and doubters. #VineWords @venable_wells #OurShelterandOurRefuge Click To Tweet
Surrounded by Our Refuge
There is a difference between shelters and refuges. Where shelters serve to shield us, as the shed in our barnyard gave shelter to my friends and I during a summer storm, refuges completely surround us. In Biblical times cities had walls all around them for the protection of their residents against outside enemies. God is our refuge. He is our walled city! We live in a place of refuge when we run to God and put everything in His care. He will not let us out of His sight or take His eyes off of us. When we flee to God and make Him our refuge, we can show others how to join us there.God is our refuge. He is our walled city! @venable_wells #VineWords #OurShelterandourRefuge Click To Tweet
We are to bring as many people as possible into the City of Refuge. Time is running out, and God has a great work for us to do. We are to go out into the highways and byways and compel the lost to come into this incredible place of refuge. It is time we take a stand and make a difference for Jesus Christ.
We Can Trust God
Just as my friends and I were not frightened by the storm which interrupted the ballgame on our farm, we do not have to be frightened by the sudden storms of life which burst upon us from time to time. As long as we have trusted God as Savior, we can rest in knowing He loves us with an everlasting love and that He will never leave us. There is security in knowing we can trust Him with all of our life.
What are some ways we can be a shelter for others?
Father God, I thank You that You are always with us, just a prayer away! I praise You for being our Savior and our Lord. Please keep me close to You. Give me Your peace that passes all understanding, and help me to always trust in You. Help me to weather the storms that life sends my way, to seek You and to enter Your refuge.
I pray these things in the name of Jesus, Amen.
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Meet Our Contributor
EVELYN MASON WELLS
Evelyn Mason Wells is an award-winning author who has contributed to Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character (2019 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Glimmers of Heavenly Light (Faith Books & More), Let the Earth Rejoice (Worthy Inspired), Breaking the Chains (2018 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Just Breathe (Worthy/Ellie Claire), and Feed Your Soul with the Word of God (Lighthouse Bible Studies).
Evelyn is a Bible study and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing). Find her articles/devotions at Refresh Bible Study Magazine and Christian Broadcasting Network.
Passionate about glorifying God through her writing and speaking, Evelyn enjoys spending time on short-term mission trips, both domestic and foreign.
Evelyn loves attending Bible Studies, spiritual retreats, and having good conversation with friends over lunch or a glass of tea. She is an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. She enjoys good books, her cats, traveling, and spending time with her family and her grandchildren.