Fear Not #2 – Shelter in the Storm
Hurricane Isabel was front-page news in September 2003 as it rampaged through the Middle Atlantic States, coming ashore first in all its fury near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, site of one of America’s most famous lighthouses.
When the storm hit Hatteras, the only road to the outside was destroyed. Oceanfront houses were swept from their cement foundations and dropped elsewhere on the island. One entire hotel was deposited like a soggy cardboard box in the middle of a street. Appliances littered the island. But the lighthouse on the tip of the island remained standing.
This is an image of God.
When all the familiar and stable things around us are changing . . .
When external forces threaten us . . .
When internal stresses overwhelm us . . .
We do not need to fear!
Because God is our refuge, “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (Psalm 46:2-3).
Let us therefore declare:
“God the Lord, Jesus my Savior, is my refuge – a shelter in the time of storm!
“My God is still in sovereign control over all the disasters he allows. My Lord Jesus is still in command of the winds and the waves and the sea, and all the elements of nature. Therefore I will not fear.
“God is my refuge and my strength in the midst of all my troubling circumstances. He will grant me strength, stabilize my heart, and calm my fears. He is not only a place of temporal retreat. He is my eternal refuge!”
The heart of God is our calm, safe, sheltered place of refuge.
Some of us are overwhelmed by what is happening in our world or are going through something difficult in their own life. How does this image of God speak to you today?
~ Pastor Dave