When we purchased this home two years ago, we knew there was much TLC needed, not least of which is adequate shelter from the elements as we exit from the side door: this presently has a flimsy porch cover. Cover is not really an adequate description of the roof of this appendage, because it leaks – big time!
This morning I opened the door, stepped out and got drenched, even though I was standing under the supposed shelter! There was a torrential downpour happening outside and this canopy was failing its function. It was not providing physical protection for me.
Sin causes our spirits to become flimsy. Our spiritual cover is flawed as we choose earthly shelter or comfort from the storms of daily living.
God’s cover is all encompassing. There are no leaky spots. No weak spots, just complete shelter from the storms of life and His reassurance that He will never change or fail us. God does not deteriorate as time goes by; as do the things of this earth. His shelter never fades, nor does He forsake us in our times of need.
Hebrews 13:5a I will never leave you, nor forsake you. (NIV)
This is God’s promise to us. He will be our shelter through all the bad times. He will not leave us without adequate protection ever.
Joel 3:16a But the Lord will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel. (NIV)
Prayer: Abba, we need you in our lives. We need Your strength and power, and we need the shelter of Your loving arms around us and over us. Please remove the flaws in our lives, our hearts, our minds and cover us with a canopy of Your provision. In Jesus Name, Amen!
Author of Eleanor’s Story – A Stolen Childhood (in process of publication)