the day to seek shelter.
“Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’” Psalm 3:2 NIV
Skeptics abound, that much is certain. Perhaps some of us have people who say that very thing about us. Perhaps the way we have lived our lives in the past might tend to lend a little credence to that line of thinking, but God will never refuse to rescue any of His children who come to Him for help.
It simply is not in His nature to say ‘no.’
It is true that people have to seek God’s shelter, but not everyone does. For some, “Sin whispers to the wicked deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all.” (Psalm 36:1 NLT). Someone stuck in a lifestyle that is sinful and is making no effort to seek God’s forgiveness and love will not find it thrust upon them. For some “The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good.” (Psalm 36:3 NIV). Who knows? Perhaps they never knew or allowed themselves to be anything else.
God will never lose sight of these people, but He can only wait until they somehow get the message that they need the shelter that He so willingly provides all who ask for it.
God helps those who call out to Him no matter how they have lived. He scours the earth seeking out His lost sheep and wants to bring them safely home. His ears await the sounds of His children’s voices when they call out to Him, “Show the wonders of Your great love, You who save by Your right hand those who take refuge in You from their foes.” (Psalm 17:7 NIV).
When we realize that sin and temptation are our foes; when we understand that arrogance, pride, anger, lust, and greed are our enemies; when we finally acknowledge that we cannot battle the armies of hate, deceit, sexual promiscuity, and the worship of money, without help – God will be right there ready to help us. How His heart swells with joy when He hears us cry out, “Let me live forever in Your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings!” (Psalm 61:4 NLT).
Firemen, policemen, emergency medical personnel are all standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week waiting for someone to call for help. They take no pleasure in the pain, loss, and discomfort that prompted the call that moved them into action, but they stand ready to act.
God does for our souls what all of those brave men and women do for our physical beings here on earth.
Do not be afraid. Do not be embarrassed. Call out for help today and see just how quickly He will respond.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson