“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” – Psalm 91:1-2, ESV
When we think of shelter, many of us tend to lean toward protection and safety. Shelter is something that many of us value and that we all want to find. We think of Shelter in times of storm and trouble; we think of shelter in times of tribulation.
When we think of trials and tribulation, storms and trouble, we tend to think about events that can tear apart our lives at the seams. It doesn’t always have to be a literal storm we are facing; sometimes it may be the storms of life that are bringing us down. It could be that diagnosis that we unexpectedly got from the doctor that has left us questioning; it may be that fire that took away all our possessions, or maybe even the traffic accident that nearly took our life from us, or the loss of a dear loved one and the uncertainty of where things will go from there.
Whatever the trial we face, God has promised us that the outcome will be under his control, all we must do is trust in Him completely. Why do we find it difficult to trust in the Lord with our circumstances? Why do we find difficulty in turning over things to God? Why do we wait so late in our situation to trust in Him when He has promised us safety and shelter?
Look back at the verse I opened this with, “He who dwells in the shelter…” We are protected when we spend our lives within the Shelter of God. But what does this mean? How do we dwell in that shelter? We devote ourselves to His word and make it a vital part of our lives. If we embrace his word and allow it to infiltrate our everyday lives we can see this played out each day.
This doesn’t mean that we will always stay clear of the storms, but it does mean that we will praise Him through the storms and that we will have shelter during the storm. He is our ever-present shelter in the time of storm. He is our protector, defender, savior and friend. He is our help. He is our Father, who loves us and wants nothing but the best for us.
Are you facing a storm today? Seek Shelter from the Almighty and trust in His ways. Remember that He controls the storm, He walks on the waves, and just the sound of His voice will quiet the storm and provide calm.
“And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” – Matthew 8:24-27, ESV
This man is Jesus, let Him calm your storm.