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Friday, February 20, 2009

Protective shelter

With the April "Our Daily Bread" came an insert by Mart De Haan about coneys or rock badgers. It wasn't so much 'about' them as it was about the wisdom they possess in the face of danger and the human similarities. Rocks are a place of refuge for the coney. They know where to go for protective shelter. God instilled in them this knowledge; thus they don't wander around when danger is lurking wondering what to do. They know what to do and do it.

We humans could learn a thing or two from this "feeble" animal (Proverbs 30:26). As Christians, God has instilled in us the knowledge of where to go, yet we, unfortunately, do wander around and do wonder. We know what to do, yet we do not do it. As De Haan says, for Christians, our protective shelter is "in Christ."

Because of His death and resurrection for all of mankind, those who seek His protection are:

1. forgiven of their sins (Ephesians 1:7)
2. declared to be right with God through justification (Romans 3:24) and reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18)
3. hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)
4. forever protected by the love of God (Romans 8:39)
5. recipients of God's consolation, comfort, fellowship and mercy (Philippians 2:1)

He is the One who is our rock, our refuge, our stronghold. In Him alone lies our power. Without Him, we are nothing.
We may think we can do great things, but in the end, anything and all is only with and through the Lord.

God knows all that is in the world. He knows what every single person is doing, going to do or has done. He has allowed trauma in our midst -- natural catastrophes like tornado/hurricane/typhoon, floods, earthquakes, mudslides, volcanic eruptions; economic woes; health.

Being "in Christ" doesn't mean the traumas we face go away. It does mean, however, that by abiding with Christ, living for Him, making Him top dog (so to speak), the concerns, traumas we face will be easier to deal with, because we have Christ in control, not us.

The coney goes to the rocks for its protection, its refuge. Our safety net is Christ.

'In Christ,' De Haan says, "we are in the best possible position to weather the financial, social and medical storms of life. We have the assurance of God's presence and love regardless of our circumstances. We are in the best place to hear Jesus tell us not to worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things?"

David's cry from Psalm 61: 1-4 (NKJ) can be your cry too.

"Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been a shelter for me, And a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings."

1 comment:

  1. To My Dear "Caffie Girl". Today we have been married 6513 days. I love you so very very much. God brought us together. I believe this with all my heart. You are truly a blessing to me.

    I Love You!

    Your Jimny


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6