“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 59:16
It has been weeks now since the leaders of our government told us to “shelter in place” in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Most of us didn’t realize how difficult it could be to stay at home. We like to get out and be with other people. And it’s tragic that so many people’s lives have been radically disrupted.
But the idea of “sheltering in place” made me think about our real shelter that comes from faith in the One who loves us so much, He sent His Son to die for us. There are so many verses in the Bible that talk about God as our shelter, and I urge you to cling to them during these difficult and fear-filled days.
For example, Psalm 91:1 reminds us, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
And Isaiah 25:4 says of God, “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.”
During this time of social distancing and mask wearing my prayer for you is a time of spiritual connectedness with your savior Jesus. May you shelter in Him as you build your relationship through prayer, Bible study, and meditation. As horrible as this novel virus is, good can still come out of it if we use this time to get closer to God and strengthen our relationship with Him.
You can be sure that we are keeping you in our prayers and ask you to do the same for us. Pray especially for our six Chinese leaders and other missionaries in the field who do not stop sharing the good news of eternal life in Jesus with men, women, and children around the world.
We are continuing to do everything we can to ensure their safety, but your prayers are urgently needed at this time. While the world is “sheltering in place” to fight the virus, missionaries are still spreading the news of what it means to “shelter in Jesus” to fight the fear that lingers around this novel virus.
May God bless you, keep you, and carry you safely through this storm!
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91
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