Devotions By Jan

Lightning Strikes

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Scripture for Today:  Psalm 31:19  “How abundant are the good things that You have stored up for those who fear You, that You bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in You.”

This photo seems to picture someone totally unconcerned about possible danger.  We recently had a huge thunderstorm where the crack of the lightning overhead sent our cat scurrying for cover under the bed!  That animal instinct is smarter than the reaction of some humans!

The traditional thinking is that one does not need to seek cover until the lightning is closer than five miles.  However, recent studies have cautioned that the best time to seek shelter is the moment you can hear the thunder.  But sometimes one is out in the open without any refuge possible.  In that case, one study suggests that putting one’s self in a prostrate position is the safest course of action.  That stance is automatically a reverent and submissive one to the Creator of the lightning.  It sounds like an excellent idea!

Our verse for today describes the Lord as our refuge.  Our trust in Him is rewarded with all kinds of good things in life, some of which He stores up for a future time.  How reaffirming it is to receive those good things in the sight of all!  The context promises vindication from false accusations for those who fear Him.  Fearing Him is to be in awe of His greatness, power and majesty.  In the shelter of His love we find safety, protection and peace of mind.  Whatever crisis I am facing, I can run to Him.  He welcomes me into the refuge of His love with wide open arms.

Thank you Lord, that You hold me tight and give me comfort in the storm.

Look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.


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