Dec 10, 2018
The Believers are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. Rev 7:15
His Presence is the only place we are fully protected... So come before Him and worship.
My daughter recently made me aware of a new housing phenomenon – homes built in fallout shelters & missile silos. Crazy as it sounds, there are many of these places being built out of old facilities, providing huge space at a low cost and very high level of safety. I was quite skeptical until she showed me designs and pictures that are beautiful and intriguing. (I’m not looking to move to one any time soon – but it did create a new perspective!)
While we may dismiss that idea now, there have been times in recent history that people would have jumped at the option. Some seasons of life are flooded with dangerous and harsh circumstances, and a safe room or protected place to live would bring incredible relief. There are times in history, and even times in our lifespan, where safe shelter is a top priority. (Just ask someone who lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 60s.)
The problem with physical shelter is that it never works forever. No physical shelter has ever been enough to protect us from the advances in warfare or attack. When the Great Wall of China was built, it was considered to be the safest protection ever created for a country … until men started learning how to fly over the wall in balloons and aircraft. When countries started protecting themselves with anti-missile launchers, it worked for a little while, until terrorists started bombing countries from within. Even people in ‘earthquake-proof’ buildings and ‘bomb-proof’ shelters have found themselves at great risk by an unexpected strike. We will never be fully protected from the dangers of life.
But there is one place that is completely safe from all risk. According to Revelation, it’s the shelter that comes from God’s Presence. Even when our life is filled with high-risk challenges, the one place we can go and find restful shelter is under the canopy of God’s Love. Worshipping God can remove the fears, calm the spirits, push back the risks, and create protection that nothing else in this life offers.
That’s why people who are going through severe trial always seem to find peace and encouragement when they gather in a body of believers to worship. The best shelter for pain and heartache is in the Presence of God – because nothing in life can overpower Him. Our best home is not built in silos & shelters, but under the umbrella of God’s love.