Storm Shelter • Devotion #4: We Always Need God
Josh Lahring | Production Director
When I was young, I was terrified of thunderstorms. Anytime there was a storm at night I would run to my parents’ room and sleep on the floor. Now while I was not physically any safer in that room than my own room, there was comfort in being with my parents who were not afraid.
To me, that was my shelter. Being by my parents’ side no matter how big or small the storm was. As I got older, I was not afraid of the small stuff because I knew I would be fine. I knew how strong a house was, I knew not to be by the windows if it was windy, I knew that if I needed to, I could run to the basement and probably be fine. I could pretty much take care of myself without needing any help.
It is funny how this is the same way we treat our storms in life. Oh, this one is not so bad, I can handle it; I am strong enough to get through it. Then when it is too much to handle, we finally go to our shelter.
Psalm 46:1-3 says, “God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”
How many times are we facing storms in life and we never think to run to our shelter because we think we are fine on our own? We try to endure through it; we think we are strong enough only to find ourselves left wrecked by the storm. We have an amazing God always ready to help us in times of trouble, but we do not go there until we think we need it. In every storm we face in life, big or small, we should run to the One who is in command of the storm we are in.
We can take great comfort in knowing that God is our Shelter.