This weekend, I rolled down my window at a red light and tried to speak God’s kindness to a homeless pregnant woman who was panhandling for money. I felt the crushing pain of her desperation in her bitter response.
I can’t stop thinking about her. As I offered her hope and healing in Jesus, she turned away in disgust.
Her deliverance is just one prayer away, but she is not ready to surrender.
Bible historians will tell you that a widow in Ruth’s day was in a very dangerous position and basically considered a homeless person.
A widow was a forlorn, defenseless little bird with no nest.
However, Ruth chose to sing a different tune. She looked to Jehovah God for her sustenance. Her resilient faith did not sway as she worked in the hot sun while every person in town watched her sweating out her new-found faith.
She never shook her fist at God. She never hid away from the world and sulked. Ruth perched her hopes on God’s faithfulness and never looked back.
If you are in dire circumstances right now, your Defender is near. He longs to shelter you under His wings.
You are never alone and unprotected, my sister. Like David in the Psalms, we can cry out to God: “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in You my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by” (Psalm 57:1).
During desperate times, we must remember that we have a Deliverer and determine to…
- Plug into His power through prayer and Bible study.
- Trust in His timing, rather than try to take control.
- Resolve to stay close by His side and not stray.
- Rest in hope because He is faithful and true.
Our tenderhearted Heavenly Father longs to nurture and nourish us. He knows that we are helpless, hungry, and desperately seeking hope today. He wants to hide us under His wings and restore us.
The hymn writer W.O Cushing wrote a beautiful hymn to describe how God overshadows us with His love:
Under His Wings
Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.
Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.
Under His wings, oh, what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me,
Resting in Jesus, I am safe evermore.
Under the wings of your Savior, you are safe and secure even during the fiercest storm. Nuzzle up close to Him today and let His sheltering grace strengthen you.
Keeping the Faith,
Lyli Dunbar enjoys karaoke in the car with her husband, digging into Bible study with the girls, and reading 12 books at a time. A writer, speaker, and mentor, her burning passion is to know Jesus and to make Him known. Join her at lylidunbar.com to find fuel for a wildfire faith. You may also connect with Lyli on Facebook, Instagram,Twitter, You Tube and Pinterest.
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