His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
Every person in the world needs something in order to live life. They need food, water, shelter, and clothing in order to live on this earth. While many have all of these things, there are many who do not have most of these things. Look in every major city in the world and people will be seen without shelter, food or clothing.
Most of the world thinks that they need more than what they have. They feel as if they do not have enough.
This type of feeling has bled over into the church. People feel as if they need more in order to survive or make it. Although this is often seen as needing just physical things, it also means more to live a godly, holy life for God. Many believers feel as though they cannot really live the godly life as Jesus lived His life.
Peter tells the believers that God has used His divine power to give believers everything they need to live a godly life. This great power can be found in the knowledge of God the Father and in Jesus.
Knowing God’s great love towards the believer can help him be motivated to live a holy life for God and to love others. Knowing how Jesus removed all sins can keep him from going back into sin. Knowing how Jesus stayed away from temptation, can strengthen the believer to flee temptation. Knowing God’s mercy can help a believer to have mercy towards others.
Many people say that they really cannot live a holy life, yet, everything that a believer needs to live that Holy life is provided in knowing God and His word.
Seek to know God and His word more. He will give you what you need to live for Him. He did not call you to live a holy life, and then leave you on your own. God wants you to succeed in this.
Be willing to take the power God has given you and live the holy life God called you to live. Jesus removed the sin, now live like it has been removed and be holy as He has made you holy unto God. You have everything you need.
I pray today that you will know what God offers you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know His power in your life; that you will live a holy life for God in this dark world; and that you will be a holy witness for Jesus everyday.
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger. Zephaniah 2:3
Zephaniah is encouraging any person who is humble and does what He commands to seek the Lord. They are to seek righteousness and humility, praying for God’s protection as He pours out His wrath upon the land and people. At this point, Zephaniah does not know if God will shelter them from His anger, it is only a hope that He will.
Even though thousands of years have passed, things have not changed. Nations, as a whole, have chosen to walk away from God. They have chosen to follow after false gods, rejecting God and doing their own thing. This is building up God’s judgment and anger against them.
There is coming a day when Jesus will return. In that return, two things will happen: one is that He will pour out His judgment upon the earth. The other is that He will take all His people with Him.
Every person is sinful and cannot save himself, he is in need of a savior. One must humble Himself and seek God. God has revealed this Savior in Jesus. Every believer must keep their eyes on Jesus and seek His righteousness. As one seeks His righteousness, he is being humble, acknowledging that he cannot save himself.
Unlike when Zephaniah was speaking, you can know that God will save you. You may or may not be saved from physical danger in this life, but you can know that you will be saved from eternal condemnation. You will be sheltered from the day of God’s wrath upon all sin, if you are trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation.
In order to trust in Jesus, you must be humble and seeking His righteousness, not your own. You must be willing to do what He commands at all times. Outside of Jesus, you will fail and will have a reason to fear God’s anger.
You can know the salvation that He provides for you. You can live without fear. Seek Him today while He may be found, while there is still time. Know the love and salvation that God has for you today.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not fear the judgment of God; that you will seek the righteousness of Jesus; and that you will remain humble before God.
It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain. Isaiah 4:6
Despite the fact that God was in the process of destroying Judah and Jerusalem, He had plans already in store to build it up again. God was going build a shelter over Mount Zion–Jerusalem. In the manner of protection that God gave Moses and the Israelites in the desert, He would be a cloud by day and a flame of fire during the night.
At times, clouds can seem like a bad thing. They tend to indicate rain or storms, and they block the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Yet, they can be a blessing in blocking out the heat of the sun. Knowing that rain is coming can be a blessing for the farmer.
In the same way, a flame of fire can appear sometimes as a bad thing. Seeing flames in a field or on a home is usually a bad thing to be occurring. Yet, flames will also provide warmth. In the night, the flame can keep the wild animals away while one is camping. Burning a field, can often remove the unwanted weeds, diseased plants and cut back the bugs, all of which can be a blessing.
God is over your life both day and night. He provides shelter and refuge for you to dwell in. When you are in His presence, nothing can do anything to you without His permission.
The world is going to try hard to get you to fall and give up on God. The world does not want you to succeed as you follow Jesus. Satan does not want you to be a good witness of who Jesus is.
Yet, God will put a hedge of protection around you that will shelter you in the heat of the day. When the world is putting pressure on you to commit a sin, you can run to God for shelter. When the world is threatening you in the dark to harm you, you can flee to God for refuge.
God will never leave you out in the cold to be destroyed. He is there for you, to take care of you and provide for all of your needs. Trust Him and do what He asks of you and see His great hand of love and mercy.
I pray today that you will know God’s protection in your life; that you will run to God for shelter; that you will know God’s peace in the storm; and that you will not give in to the ways of this world.
I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Psalm 61:4
As a person is outside walking somewhere, when it begins to rain, like most people, he will hurry to find shelter from the rain. The seeking of shelter becomes even more desperate when there is a strong storm starting. That storm could be just heavy rains, or it could be extreme winds, hail, snow, tornado, or some other extreme harsh weather. Regardless of the type of storm, people want to be out of it and in a safer place.
There are storms in the life of every person. Things that are going extremely bad. People run to many different things to find shelter from those storms. Some will turn to drugs, or counselors, family, friends, books, movies, tv shows, or anything else to seek safety and guidance.
Believers will often run to pastors, elders of the church, and other believers to seek safety and guidance.
Although there may be some good in some of these people who many run to, there is one better than all of those. David wanted to dwell in God’s place under His protecting shelter. He would cry out to God and seek God in the midst of his troubles.
Who better can you run to than God? God is the One who created everything and is in control of everything.
When you are dwelling in God’s presence and resting in His arms of shelter, you will know His extreme love for you. In knowing that love, you will feel His comfort and peace that no one in this world can fully understand.
All around you the storms of this life may be raging. The winds may be howling loudly. The flood waters are rising. Yet, you are safe and sound in His arms.
God will protect you from the enemy and the storms of this life. The most that can happen to you in this life is that you die. Then you get to go to heaven.
Where are you seeking your shelter or refuge today?
In this world?
Or in God?
Run to God and seek to dwell with Him.
I pray today that you will know God’s protection in your life; that you will dwell with God; that you will know the peace of God’s shelter; and that you will not fear the storms of this life.
“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” 1 Timothy 6:7-8
Being content is something that every person has struggled with since Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve had the entire Garden of Eden for their use, all the trees, fruits, and animals, yet, they wanted the one fruit and thing that they were forbidden to have. They were not content with have all the rest, they wanted more.
To this day, people strive to get more and more. They want bigger, better, faster, and newer everything. There is never enough. Paul points out that a person cannot bring anything in or out of this world. Babies are not born with money, cars, clothes, or anything else. When a person dies, there is no U-Haul behind them hauling their things to the grave, he cannot take anything with him.
What does a person need in reality? Shelter, food, and clothing. If you have a roof over your head, one meal, and one pair of clothes, you have everything you need. You can only eat one meal at a time. You can only wear one set of clothes at a time. You can only sleep in one place at a time. Why do you need more?
If you have more than one meal in your possession, more than one pair of clothing, and a place to sleep with a roof, you have more wealth than most of the world.
The world tries to tell you that you must have more or else you are a failure. God looks at the heart. Is your heart content with God? Does your value rest with God or with things? If you are content with God, then you will not be a failure and you will not desire all those things. You will be content.
Living in poverty does not bring contentment or godliness. It is trusting in God and being content in Him that does.
God can provide all that you need and more. Do you trust Him to do so? Or will you look to things?
I pray today that God will reveal to you how much He has blessed you; that you will seek to be content in Jesus only; that you will give thanks to God for all that you have; and that you will not seek wealth or things, but only Jesus.