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Isaiah 25:4 – “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”
In this life, it rains on the just and the unjust (Matt 5:45). Storms are inevitable. Though the raging wind and rain may be relentless, we can find comfort in our God. Why? Because He is our refuge and shall cover us in the shadow of His wings especially in times of trouble. We may be in a hard time, but we are in a good place with God!
Psalms 32:7 and Psalms 91:1 paint a vivid picture of finding refuge in God, even amidst life’s tempests. Like Noah, who diligently built the Ark, we, too, can find comfort in knowing that God is our shelter. As the storm rages, His hand shuts the door, both covering us in protection and keeping the chaos at bay (Gen 7:16).
Doors Opened and Closed…
Just as God closed the door of the Ark for Noah’s protection, He opens and closes doors in our lives. Some doors are meant to shut us in, securing us in His grace, while others are designed to keep out the floods and storms that seek to engulf us.
From Prison to Palace
Joseph’s account illustrates that when God lifts you up, no adversity, no man, no beast, no devil can hold you back. You can find Joseph in the prison house physically in Genesis 39:20, but if you read a little further, you can find where he was spiritually. Genesis 39:21-23 tells that everything Joseph did was made to prosper. He might have been in a hard time, but he was in a good place in God’s will and favor. And if you don’t know the rest of the story, at the end Joseph reaches the palace and becomes the second highest ruler in the land of Egypt! How great is our God!
The Power of Worship
David, a man after God’s own heart, faced numerous trials. Among the most notable storms was his fight with Goliath the Giant. But David was a worshipper. David trusted in the Lord as you can see in 1 Samuel 17:45-47, and soon, he killed Goliath. David was in a hard time as he fought with his giant, but he was in a good place with God and triumphed! This account helps us to know that we can also have victory over the giants in our lives. Through the strength and victory that can come from God alone, we can slay our giants and conquer more storms as well.
Real battles, hard battles, will talk to you. They will try to beat you down and mock you like Goliath tried with David. But don’t be afraid. For if God is for us, who can ever be against us? When the devil tries to talk to you, stand up and say, “Now, devil, you should have kept your mouth shut.” We might not be able to fight our battles physically, but we can pray, read our Bible, call out to our God for help. He fights for us. We are not alone!
If we will let Him, God will guide us through every battle, every storm. We can find strength and motivation in knowing that our God is with us. This time in our lives may be hard, but we are in a good place with God. We stand firm – anchored in our faith and trust in Him. Hallelujah!
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