By David Martz
Today's Scripture: Psalms 32:7
Central Thought: God protects His children from the storms of life.
Camping in a tent during a rainstorm can be a memorable experience. It feels great to be warm and dry in a sleeping bag during a summer downpour. In some parts of the world caves and cliffs also provide shelter during adverse conditions. God provides a shelter for His children during the storms of life. Much has been said about going through difficulties in order to mature, but sometimes believers just need rest and safety.
David had to flee enemies that sought his life. He knew there was a time to fight and a time to rest. In today's world, rest is often replaced by diversion, which is a poor substitute, and vacations are often more stress-producing than work! Believers need a cleft in the rock to rest and spend time gaining perspective. Standing on a rock, for example, is a great place to see the whole battlefield.
In another sense, God is our hiding place. He lives in our hearts and provides strength and peace even in the greatest tumults. Imagine having peace and rest in the midst of the battle—yet this is a benefit to those who trust in God. God is my rest; He is my hiding place.
In the midst of your struggle, remember that God cares. He saw the problem long before we were born into this world, and He has been waiting there to lend us a hand or to provide us with a covering of His protection.
Devotional Prayer: Father, open our eyes to see Your loving compassion to those who trust in You. Help us to always trust in You in difficult times and to wait for Your salvation. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Today's Bible Reading: Nehemiah 3:15–5:13; 1 Corinthians 7:25–40; Psalms 32:1–11; Proverbs 21:5–7