Sheltered

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“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10 (NASB)

“For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.  Psalm 27:5 (ESV)

Even though the specifics may vary for each of our situations, we are all going through something very similar right now.  Our reaction to the current world events has most likely gone through a gradual shift, as we take in and process something that we have never experienced before.  As Christians, we know the healthy response—remain calm, trust, pray, and help others.  Yet, at times we struggle to keep afloat of the daily bombardment of news, statistics, and “sheltering” ourselves from harm’s way.

The truth is, we need God’s help.  Our human efforts are likely to fall short of providing us with the sense of peace, safety, connection, and basic control over our own lives that is an indicator of emotional health and well-being.  Those with a tendency towards worry, anxiety, depression, or isolation are being hit the hardest right now.

In times like these, we need a Savior and we need the peace of knowing that God is still actively involved in our lives.  In Isaiah, we are reminded that He is with us, He is our God, He will strengthen and help us, and He will hold us up with His holy right hand.  The psalmist tells us that God will hide us in His shelter, conceal us under the cover of His tent, and lift us high upon a rock.  These are all actions—God’s actions, not ours.  The actions we are admonished to take in these two scriptures are to not fear (as one who is abandoned does) and to not be anxiously looking all around us ( as though we are left unprotected).

May we draw strength and courage during these difficult times as we daily remind ourselves that we are not alone or unprotected—we are sheltered!

 

One thought on “Sheltered

  1. Stephanie,
    This is a very good, encouraging, and timely blog.
    I am encouraged by the way all of the trials in our world are now strengthening the church. At first we, as a body, seemed to cower at what is going on in the world, but now, there Christians, being all but kicked out of their churches, are going out into the world. I am encouraged when I see on YouTube #LETUSWORSHIP outdoor revivalistic worship services springing up all across our land in “peaceful protest” against the restrictions placed on our freedom to worship.
    What Satan meant for evil, God is using for good.
    Also, I am encouraged by all the revivals and prayer initiatives popping up everywhere. The one that excites me the most is The Return 2020 (can find on YouTube presented by Jonathan Cahn… will be held in Washington DC on the Mall Sept 26, 2020.
    Exciting things are erupting all around us. The church is rising up light a mighty and united army. Praise the Lord!!!!
    PJ Myers 😊

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