DATE POSTED Wednesday, 2021-10-06
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Psalm 57:1-3
TRANSLATION: Good News Translation (GNT)
BIBLE TEXT: 1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, because I come to you for safety. In the shadow of your wings I find protection until the raging storms are over.
2 I call to God, the Most High, to God, who supplies my every need. 3 He will answer from heaven and save me; he will defeat my oppressors. God will show me his constant love and faithfulness
APPLICATION: Watch a child, especially when they are frightened; they will look for, and run to the nearest parent or older sibling for refuge and protection. Pets are very similar in nature, they need comfort and reassurance when dealing with loud noises, or things that frighten them. The night the disciples were on the Sea of Galilee and a storm sprung up, they tried everything they could and was about to give up, when they saw Jesus walking towards them on the water. Their deliverer and protector was on the scene and they had no need to worry any further, for they were under His ‘sheltering and protecting wing’. But as I meditated on this Scripture, I thought of the many and varied ‘storms’ of life that we battle with today. In times past, if one city or state was hurting, there would be an onslaught of helpers headed our way to help us through. One country would go to the defense of another to help them through a war, or through unusual circumstances. But in what might very well be the last days, we turn on our televisions to see that citizens of every tribe and nation are battling the same ‘storm’, or battle. The curse of Covid is affecting us all, with no respecter of person, nationality or religious belief. Isn’t it like we all need a place to shelter from the spread of this dreaded disease? As we lose family members and friends all around us, shouldn’t we all run to the only One who has all of life’s answers, and has the power and authority to cover us under His wing as He protects and just loves on us to comfort and cheer us up? Friends, for the Christian, we have an even deeper assurance, for we could say like Paul, it is pure joy to be absent from the body and present with the Lord. Also, for me to live is Christ personified here on earth, but to die is gain (the gain of eternal life with the Father and the Son, where there will be no more pain, disease, dying, heartaches, or parting from our loved ones. For the unbeliever whom God may place in the path of this devotional, may I introduce you to this Savior of mine that gives me this peace in the midst of our storms today? I would be overjoyed at the opportunity. Please email NuggetsFromGodsWord@Outlook.com and I will be quick to respond, God being my helper!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: I am reminded of that old hymn ‘For I’m sheltered safe in the Arms of God’! Praise God His children are sheltered safe under His wing through every ‘Storm’ of life.
PRAYER: What a sweet assurance to know that even in the midst of our storm, we could call on You, Jesus! Thank You for being that comfort and stay for our ancestor David, and I especially thank You Lord for being there for us today. We are in the middle of ‘storms’ for which mankind is stumped for a resolution, but praise God we know a man who can calm the storm, heal our bodies, rescue our souls, and take us safely to that beautiful home You have prepared for us in Heaven! Lord, I hurt for the souls of our family members who show no concern for their souls. Please Lord, use Your warriors here on earth like never before and allow us to be a witness to the power and goodness of our Lord. Oh that our loved ones will accept Your free gift of Eternal Life today! AMEN!
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