This world is full of trouble. There’s danger on every side, whether it be wars or rumors of war between nations, or terrorism in our cities. It’s as if the world’s gone mad. And the violence is not far from home. Parents are killing their children, and children killing their parents. Let’s face it; most of us wouldn’t dare go for a walk alone after dark. If that’s not enough, even the earth itself, and the atmosphere around it, seem to be reeling in turmoil and agony. Every day there’s something in the news about another earthquake, hurricane, flood, or tornado that’s wrecked havoc in the lives of many. Tragedies in themselves are bad enough, but the fear and anxiety felt in the aftermath of such events is just as devastating.
Listening to television interviews, or just standing in line at the grocery store, reveals the panic and sense of dread many people feel over what’s happening in the world. Everyone is anxiously trying to figure out what to do to protect themselves, whether it’s finding a job, having sufficient retirement, health care, or just providing for their family’s basic needs. If they could just find a shelter, a safety net of some kind, to see them through the storm they’re going through, or the one up ahead they fear may come their way. But there is good news. Shelter and safety is available. There’s a place where all your needs will be met, a place to ride out any storm that may come your way.
Where Do You Live?
God promises His people protection and provision all through the scriptures. That protection is based on where you live – on where you dwell.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest under the shadow of the Almighty.” This person will say, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust” (Psalm 91:1-2). Notice, there is no panic. The individual who dwells in the presence of God knows and trusts that his safety and provision come from God. He knows he’s not dependant on any person, weapon, or earthly government. It doesn’t matter what war breaks out, or if a terrorist decides to attack his city. It doesn’t matter if a sickness or plague sweeps over the earth, or if the biggest storm ever known to man begins heading his direction.
The Christian who dwells in the secret place of the Most High knows God will deliver him from any trap, disease, war, or destruction of any kind (verse 3-6). Even if a thousand fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; it will not come near you (verse 7). Why is this? What’s the difference between those who are protected and those who are not?
“Because you have made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, your habitation; there shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling” (verse 9). It’s the individual that looks to God as his refuge and defense, and dwells with God night and day. He lives and walks in the presence of his creator. He doesn’t just visit God on Sunday, but lives and communes with Him daily.
“Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high…he shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him” (verse14-15).
Yes, there is a place of safety and shelter. There’s a place where all your needs will be met, a place to ride out any storm that may come your way. It’s available to all who live in the safety shelter of God. No need to fear anything – ever again! And the best news of all – EVERYONE is welcome to come to this shelter! No one will be turned away.