Isaiah 4:5b-6 – God’s own glory will be like a huge tent that covers everything. 6It will provide shade from the heat of the sun and a place of shelter and protection from storms and rain.
A recent series of severe storms left our backyard and green areas littered with broken limbs and twigs that had been torn from two very large poplar trees. There are pieces many feet in length down to some just a matter of inches – large and small and all sizes in between: fortunately no damage was caused to property or to humans, as these pieces were torn from the trees and slung out onto the lawn areas away from our homes and late in the day so people were indoors sheltered from the storm.
Much like sin, which can enter our hearts and minds (often unexpectedly) – it tears us apart and litters our spirits with the debris of wrong choices and bad-decisions, bringing us into lifestyles that destroy all that is good; anything and everything from large ‘hurt those you love’ sins, to small (seemingly insignificant) wrongs, that together wreak havoc on us and all that we hold dear, taking us on journeys we never imagined could happen to us.
Exodus 18:19 – Listen now to My voice; I’ll give you counsel.. (NKJV)
Isaiah 40:29 – The LORD gives strength to those who are weary. (CEV)
We might not always have the wisdom to live life without error – we after all, are not perfect beings; but we can choose to live differently by striving to be God-driven and Jesus-spirited. He is always ready to assist us and shelter us, if we call upon Him; and our footsteps can be guided by Jesus, Son of God in the everlasting Way.
Prayer: Father let us heed the signs you send when we are considering entering ‘stormy relationships and lifestyles’, gather us up, tidy our thinking and our actions, and let us grow more in Your image, standing erect and strong like a tree freed of all that is broken.