The Shelter of God's Word: Are You among the Prophets?
- Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The Scriptures provide a shelter from the whims of a society without moral anchors. In the story of Ruth, she is lauded for having come to Bethlehem, caring for her mother-in-law, in order to find shelter under the wings of the Lord (Ruth 2:12).
Practically, what that meant was that she rested her future well-being in the Law of God and the judges who ruled by that Law in Bethlehem. And, as it turned out, this complete outsider, this Moabitess, prospered in the blessings of the Lord because of her willingness to take shelter in His Law. Those who set down their anchors in the Bible find it to be a faithful and secure hold against the shifting sands of moral and cultural whim and fancy.
A Shelter from Stasis
Many today complain that their lives are boring. It’s the same-old same-old, day-in and day-out. Get up, go to work, drive home, eat a bite, watch some tube, do this or that—every day pretty much the same. “Nothing ever changes, everything remains the same” as Larry Norman, echoing Solomon, once sang.
But the message of the Bible is quite the opposite. Jesus, whose story the Bible tells, is the one who is making all things new (Revelation 21:5). He is making us new men and women, replete with His beauty, goodness, and truth (Ephesians 4:17-24). He is making new culture and renewing moribund institutions and traditions. He is pointing the way to newness in every area of life, bringing truth, hope, life, and the love of God into every area of human existence.
Those who shelter in the Bible find themselves caught up in its message of freshness, newness, and life, and discover that they are always growing and always seeking new ways of living for the glory of the God Who is making all things new.
Have compassion on the generation who are being sheltered from the Word of God. There is yet a shelter for them—from fear and uncertainty, disappointment and hopelessness, deception and disillusionment—and it is waiting for them in the pages of Holy Scripture.
You and I can take them there, that is, provided we are each day finding the shelter of God’s Word to be the place of renewal and restoration that David and countless other saints and faithful ones have known it to be.
Would you describe yourself as “sheltering in the Word of God”? How might you help another person begin to discover that glorious shelter as well?
T. M. Moore is dean of the Centurions Program of the Wilberforce Forum and principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He is the author or editor of 20 books, and has contributed chapters to four others. His essays, reviews, articles, papers, and poetry have appeared in dozens of national and international journals, and on a wide range of websites. His most recent books are The Ailbe Psalter and The Ground for Christian Ethics (Waxed Tablet), and Culture Matters (Brazos). He and his wife and editor, Susie, make their home in Concord, Tenn.
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