“You are my hiding place from every storm of life; you even keep me from getting into trouble! You surround me with songs of victory.” Psalm 32:7
“There I’ll be when troubles come. He will hide me. He will set me on a high rock 6 out of reach of all my enemies. Then I will bring him sacrifices and sing his praises with much joy. Psalm 27:5-6
“You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.” Psalm 31:20
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad that you were able to stop by and join me this week and my prayer for you; is that you will truly come to see God…as One that you can run to, while facing the storms of this life!
You know…I wonder why we choose to take refuge in a problem; that only becomes a broken down shelter…a place where we truly aren’t safe from the storm we’re already facing. Don’t we realize that these broken down problems only allow more storms to enter, while allowing ourselves to be beaten and battered in a needless way?
As we continue our time together, I would like to share with you a quote; that I wrote a while back and it goes like this… “Why do we turn to a problem that can’t understand what we are going through or fix itself; when there is a God that has had firsthand experience, when it comes to pain, heartache and loneliness…a God that can become the remedy to what we are facing?” Here…we have a problem that can’t even understand what we are feeling at the time…a problem that cannot even fix itself; but yet we tend to run to the problem, rather than running to a God, who has had firsthand experience, with the feelings that we may be experiencing from these problems. I don’t know about you; but when I’m facing a fierce storm…I want to run to a shelter that will keep me safe and protect me, until the storm has passed and I just don’t see that in a problem. In fact…the way I see it; is this broken down problem we’re wanting to run to; is only going to open us up to other problems.
One thing I’ve come to see; is that God doesn’t always take away the troubles that are troubling us at the time; but He has offered to become a hiding place…or a place of refuge, where we can be safe, until the storm has passed us by…but the final choice is up to us. Now tell me…where would you rather be, while facing a fierce storm in your life…in the midst of a broken down shelter called a problem or in the arms of a loving God, who will wrap His arms around you and protect and keep you safe, until the storm has passed?
Maybe today, we need to have our eyes open to the deceptive ways that Satan can use a problem, as a means of pulling us away from the One we need the most, during difficult times such as these. One thing is for sure…running to a problem, by trying to fix the problem on our own…or even trying to ignore the problem completely, will only keep us caught out in the storm, where the storm can continue to raise havoc with us.
One of my favorite hymns that I have carried with me, through some rough and fierce storms; is titled… “The Haven of Rest” and a few of the lyrics go like this… “My soul in sad exile was out on life’s sea,
so burdened with sin and distressed; till I heard a sweet voice, saying, “Make Me your choice”; and I entered the “Haven of Rest”! I yielded myself to His tender embrace, in faith taking hold of the Word, my fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul; the “Haven of Rest” is my Lord. I’ve anchored my soul in the “Haven of Rest,” I’ll sail the wide seas no more; the tempest may sweep over wild, stormy deep but in Jesus I’m safe evermore.”
Today, can you say that you are closer to your problem than God? If so, then be prepared because this new found friend of yours will only take you by the hand and lead you to shelters that are not safe…shelters that will only continue to draw you closer to the problem and the storms that have stemmed from the problem.
No matter what we are facing right now; it’s time to let go of the problem and run to a God, who will pick us up…take us in His arms and shelter us, with His loving and powerful hands. Once we are safe within the shelter of God, we will quickly come to see that we are no longer being beaten and battered by the problem; but instead, we are in a shelter that will surround us with a love that no evil can penetrate…a place where we can remain at peace, until the storm has moved on.
Blessings so much on your day!
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."