Read Isaiah 24-25
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. Isaiah 25:4
Isaiah paints two pictures: the buffeting of a storm and the beating down of a burning sun in the desert. Where can travelers go for refuge? They see a huge rock and find refuge in it. God is that rock, and He will be a refuge for His believing people during that terrible day of the Lord. The victory shouts of the enemy will disappear the way heat vanishes when a cloud covers the sea.
God cares for His own in times of trial and judgment. He kept Noah and his family alive through the Flood and guarded Israel when His judgments fell on Egypt. He protected believing Rahab and her family when Jericho fell and preserved a faithful remnant when Judah was taken into Babylonian captivity. Throughout the centuries, He had kept His church in spite of the attacks of Satan and will deliver His church from the wrath to come. When the day of the Lord comes to this godless world, God will see to it that the Jewish remnant will be preserved. "Hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins" (26:20-21).
Applying God's Truth:
- What are some of the current "storms" in your life--the emotionally upsetting situations you face?
- What are your current sources of "heat"--stress, pressure, and so forth?
- In what ways is God a refuge for each of the situations you have listed? How can you more fully experience His loving protection?
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