When a storm hits and the rain begins to beat down on us, what do we do? I usually run for the house, the van or someplace to stay dry. When the snow starts to fall and the winds blow hard on our face, what then? We head for the warmth of our home, a fire, a thick blanket. We would be foolish to stand in the hurricane or to stay out in a blizzard. Why then do we often stand on our own in times of hardship? Why do we feel we can do it on our own? When we need shelter and protection the most we often try to face the “storm” on our own. This quote just speaks volumes to my heart.
“A shelter is nothing if we stand in front of it. The main thought with many a would-be Christian is his own works, feelings, and attainments: this is to stand on the windy side of the wall by putting yourself before Jesus. Our safety lies in getting behind Christ, and letting him stand in the wind’s eye. We must be altogether hidden, or Christ cannot be our hiding place.
Foolish religious people hear about the hiding place, but never get into it. How great is the folly of such conduct! It makes Jesus to be of no value or effect. What is a roof to a man who lies in the open, or a boat to one who sinks in the sea? Even the Man Christ Jesus, though ordained by God to be a shelter from the tempest, can cover none but those who are in him. Come then, poor sinner, enter where you may; hide in him who was evidently meant to hide you, for he was ordained to be a hiding place, and must be used as such, or the very aim of his life and death would be missed.” Charles Spurgeon
Oh how foolish we can be, I can be. Jesus is calling us to come. He is longing for us to run to Him and to be hidden. One of His callings is to be our Shelter. The most comforting thing to me is that He wants to be that place of stability and rest for me each and every moment of my existence. He wants us to rest in Him and be sheltered constantly. Oh, how our lives would be so different if we let Him do what He was made to do. My selfish heart makes me sick sometimes. I pray yours does too. If we are sickened by our state of sin and selfishness may we run to Christ, begging to be forgiven.
Psalm 27:4-5 (ESV)
One thing have I asked of the LORD,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
Hide me Lord Jesus in You! Let me not be a fool who has a shelter and fails to use it.