You don’t appreciate the strength of four sturdy walls until you have experienced a storm in a tent.
Reference: v.3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: A couple of years ago we went camping with a group of friends. We happened to pitch our tents the day a huge storm came through. I can assure you that none of us slept well that night. As we lay in our beds we could hear the wind swirling around us and the tent walls were pushed all the way to the ground with the strong gale that came through. It did not take us long to decide to pack up and head home the next day to the comfort of our own homes.
Application: You don’t appreciate the strength of four sturdy walls until you have experienced a storm in a tent. Although the next night I could hear the rain on the roof and the wind whistling under the door, I knew that the walls would keep us safe. I find that often I don’t appreciate God’s love and grace until I find myself in a storm and far away from Him. I’m often foolish enough to think that I could go along perfectly on my own. But then a storm will come my way and I realize how fragile my defenses are. It’s then that I call out to God and ask Him to be my refuge. The great thing about God is that no matter how far away from Him I may have gone, He will always welcome me home.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your never-ending love that reaches to the furthest ends of the earth. Amen.
When a storm hits, how long do you wait to call out to God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.