God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Psalm 46:1
Spiritual storms rage in this world. Christians shouldn’t fear because they have a spiritual storm shelter. But do we use it?
Several years ago, I traveled to Oklahoma City to visit family. After I arrived, I sought out a restroom. On the wall as I entered, I saw a sign:
It amused me. “This restroom doubles as a tornado shelter. Don’t I feel so much safer now.”
Not that tornados are a joking matter in the southern United States.
But does that restroom shelter anyone standing outside of its walls during a twister? No.
That truth is the same for us. God is our refuge. He is a tower against Satan’s attacks and every storm life sends to buffet us and sink the ship of our faith.
But if we’re standing four steps from a bomb shelter when the bomb is dropped, we aren’t safe. We won’t benefit from its protection.
Warning sirens wail when a tornado approaches. This signals residents to take shelter (in the restroom if they’re at Will Rogers International Airport).
If we see signs that a spiritual storm is approaching, we need to run (not walk) into the arms of God.
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.Psalm 61:3 KJV
As a shelter from tumultuous weather, God surpasses the protective ability of manmade storm shelters. If we get no warning, we can still find safety in the refuge of God’s almighty protection.
But we have to seek his sheltering presence.
Otherwise, we may as well be standing in a wide-open field with outstretched arms while the wind funnel whips our world into a frenzy of chaos.
Are you facing storms in your life? Have you taken refuge in God’s storm shelter?