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The shelter from life's storms

March 19, 2010

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

- Habakkuk 2:3

When I was a pastor living in Hobart, Oklahoma, the parsonage had a little hiding place… a storm cellar in the backyard. And every now and then the storm siren would go off warning of the possibility of a tornado in the area. When that happened, people would run to their storm cellars to ride out the storm in a secure place.

Well, as Christ followers, you and I have a place where we can hide and ride out the storms of life. And though the winds may howl, sirens wail, and destruction threaten, you and I can rest securely. That hiding place is in God himself, and his infallible, inerrant Word is the place where we take our stand when our faith is challenged. 

God is our shelter and protection. We stand upon his promises. God is trustworthy and his promises are sure. I love what Dr. Warren Wiersbe (pastor, teacher, and author) once wrote. He said, "We don't live by explanations. We live by promises." And God never breaks a promise! Never. 

Let him help you develop a tenacious and determined faith. And though you wait to see promises fulfilled, they will surely be fulfilled. He has promised!

This is the faith that endures through life's darkest and most threatening storms. 


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