Your Saturday Morning Meditation: God Our Hurricane Shelter
The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Psalm 46:11
In ancient times, whenever the enemy was approaching, the peasants in the villages would leave their homes and flock to the nearest fortress or stronghold. There they would remain confident of protection from the advancing hosts of the enemy.
There can be no doubt that King David, to whom this Psalm is attributed, himself a noble courageous warrior, had this practice in mind when writing this Psalm. Accordingly, the king conceived of God as a stronghold to which his people could resort in times of adversity, temptation, and conflict.
Now there is a string parallel here when we reflect upon conditions in the islands of the Caribbean during hurricane season. For, we all know that when a storm approaches, those living in residences which may not be as safe as they would like, are warned to leave them and to head for the nearest hurricane shelter whether it be a church hall, a school or any well-constructed building in the community which has been designated as a hurricane shelter.
Now, it is quite appropriate to apply the lesson of this Psalm to the contemporary situation here in The Bahamas/Caribbean region in the midst of hurricane season.
For, just as David, in ancient times, conceived of God as a stronghold, where people could gather in times of war for protection, so we can think of Him as our divine hurricane shelter. Thus, when we face adversities in life, when 'the bills are high and the income is low', when we face the subtle temptations of 'the world, the flesh and the devil', when we face challenges in our careers or broken relationships with close family and friends, we can go to God confident of his provision and protection. Indeed, when facing criticism, persecution or in the throes of spiritual depression we can turn to Him who sent his divine son to be our Saviour and Lord. Yes, we can be renewed spiritually as we respond to the gentle invitation of Christ, "come unto me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest: take my yoke upon you and learn of me: for my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Thought for the day:
We rejoice that we have reached half way through the hurricane season without experiencing any of these destructive tropical storms. But we must not become complacent! Rather we should 'be prepared' in every way for a possible 'strike' from a hurricane until the end of the hurricane season.
Eternal Father, bless our land! Protect us not only from the strong winds which may destroy our bodies and our possessions but also from the evil demonic forces which may afflict our souls through Christ we pray. Amen.