God is your hiding place. He is your place of refuge. He is your shelter and your protector. He will always shield you and take care of you when you trust Him. There is no other place to be than to be in the house of the Lord and you and I are there. We might take a trip and leave His shelter but He always welcomes us back and He even keeps an eye on us when we go astray. God will protect you from trouble. It doesn’t mean that there will be no trouble. It means that when trouble comes knocking at your door, the Lord is there to answer the door. This all depends on your faith and you don’t need a lot of it for this to happen. Declare every day that the Lord is your refuge and your shield. When you get up in the morning be sure to make that powerful declaration. The more you do it, the more of a reality it will become to you. Be like David in the Psalms and talk about God’s goodness and His power. Just like David, make God synonymous with refuge and fortress. Don’t look for shelter in the wrong places. God is where true refuge and true shelter exist. Outside of Him there is no real protection. You can find a temporary shelter but when the storms are raging, the shelter will collapse. Join me today in celebrating our God, our refuge. Let’s stand our ground knowing that the King of kings, the Lord of lords is our protector always and forever.
I have gone through seasons when the storms were so bad that I couldn’t seem to find a place to hide and to stay dry. I have gone through periods when I was soaking wet with trials and tribulations. Those times weakened my spirit when I didn’t turn to the Lord. Those times made me stronger when I relied on the Lord. You see, storms will always happen. It is up to us to decide how we are going to react to them and how we are going to face them. I have made up my mind and decided that I would face them with the Lord even when He seems nowhere to be found. I seek His face daily and that has helped a lot. If we look for God only in times of trouble, we will have a harder time finding Him. If we seek Him every day, finding Him will be easy. It has to be part of our daily routines. It should be a reflex, a habit, a bit part of our lives. We should dwell in the house of the Lord. We should be dwelling in our hiding place. Let’s settle there and stay there. Let’s be comfortable with God and get to know Him. Let’s be aware of His goodness and His protection at all times. There are many places we could go but our hiding place should be our permanent address. Let’s forget about Sorrow lane and Sad avenue. Let’s avoid places like Fear street and Doubt road. God, our hiding place, is what our address should be.
What is a hiding place like? It’s a place where you are safe and you are happy. God goes that extra mile and gives us joy on top of the world’s happiness. When we dwell in Him, our joy is exponential. Our hiding place has a lot to offer and joy and peace are two of the benefits of living with God. In His place of refuge, you can grow spiritually. You can learn about love and faith and you can develop into the person you are meant to be. God will nurture you in His hiding place. He will raise you and bring you up in a beautiful way. You will learn how to step out in faith by spending time in His house. You can build up faith muscles and strength in your hiding place. You can stay undercover and enjoy the fruit of the Spirit every day. Know that it is not a place where you will hide from your problem but it is a place where your problems can’t get the best of you. They can taunt you and harass you but the Lord is at the door like I said earlier. He will always put a stop to the harassment and He will always surround you with His power and His kindness. Friend, you have the best hiding place. Live there all the time. Let prayer and praise keep you in your hiding place. Communicate with the Father daily in His house. Put on the garment of praise in His place and focus on Him. He has mansions for you in Heaven and He has a secure place to be right here, right now. Don’t be intimidated by the attacks of the enemy. Remind him that you are in the house of the Lord and he can’t harm you. Enjoy your hiding place. With God, you are always in the right place at the right time which is all the time!
Suggested reading: Psalm 32:7; Psalm 119:114; Colossians 3:3