Scripture: verse 4
For You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in distress,
shelter from the storm,
shade from the heat —
for the blast from the ruthless
was like a storm that could destroy a wall.
Observation: Finally a happy chapter!! Most of this chapter is a song of praise to the Lord. Makes a nice break from all the doom.
Something I read yesterday was talking about the aftermath of big tropical storms – houses are gone, streets are gone, maps don’t work, the infrastructure is broken, etc. Isaiah says that the actions of the wicked and powerful are like a tropical storm, and their victims wake up to find their entire lives just gone.
But God is our shelter. God is the one who provides a home to those who have none, who knows exactly where we are and where we are going even when our maps don’t work, who can navigate the ever-changing order of authority because He is Order and He is Authority. God fills in for everything we lack, because He was always our Source to begin with.
Application: Trust God to provide for you. He already does.
Prayer: Father, I praise you because you are the Source of everything around me – order and shelter and family and life. Thank you for giving me everything I need. Help me to remember to turn to you for help and shelter when I need it, instead of trying to struggle through on my own. Amen.