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.
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.
Surrounded by Our Refuge
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.
Name three ways you can be a shelter for others.
Father God, thank You that You’re with me at all times. I praise You for sending Jesus to be my Savior and Lord. Help me to weather the storms life sends my way, by entering Your refuge of peace.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
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