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Seeds of the Kingdom

Shelter from the Storm

by Tanya Person

The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
Psalm 9:9, NLT

Recently we had a huge storm at our house. There was lightning and thunder and hail. I was so glad to be indoors and watching it through the window. I felt safe because I was indoors. I opened the door at one point to see the hail better, but I quickly had to close the door because the hail was coming inside.

In our lives, we frequently can feel that we’re going through a storm. We may face trials and persecutions of many kinds. But we’re not without hope. God’s promised to be our shelter through it all. The Bible says the righteous run into Him and are safe (Proverbs 18:10).

I was very encouraged recently by reading Psalm 27:1-3 (NLT), ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident’.

God doesn't say that we will not have problems in our lives, but he does tell us that we can be overcomers. In John 16:33, Jesus says, "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

We can be victorious over our enemies and we don’t need to fear. We need to run to the Lord and find our strength in Him. Psalm 27 finishes off with verse 14, which says, ‘Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord’.

We sometimes look for a quick answer to our problems, but, as we run to the Lord, we need to be patient, brave, and courageous. He’ll protect us through the storms in our lives.

Prayer: Lord, thank You that You promise to be a strong tower for us. Give us the patience to wait for You, and the courage to run to You as our strong tower and shelter from all the storms of our lives. Amen.

Tanya Person and her husband are missionaries to Hungary, and are Directors for Ellel Central & Eastern Europe Development Centre, where they travel to Serbia, Croatia, Czech and other countries teaching Ellel schools and overseeing the development of work in the area. They have a passion to see the church discipled and walking in God’s fullness of life and freedom, and for mentoring the existing and developing team.

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