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My Shelter

Cast down into darkness, the pain of his wounds was nothing compared to the anguish of his heart.  He grieved for his lost relationship with his master, whom he had loved and served faithfully, these many years, since he was sold into captivity.  “O Adonai,” Joseph wept.  “How could my master, Potiphar believe the wicked lies of that woman?  Yes, she is his wife, but he knows what she is like!  How could he believe such a thing of me?  You know, O Adonai that I was not even tempted by her wicked ways.  Indeed, I was repulsed by her.”

He remained in the place where he had been cast down for only the Almighty knows how long, but eventually, Joseph lifted his head from the cold and dank floor, looking around in the darkness of his new abode.  As his eyes adjusted to the darkness, he saw the forms of others, imprisoned with him.  Some laughed and jested, using epithets, while others withdrew into themselves, staring blankly into space, neither seeing or hearing what went on around them.  Joseph shuddered.

“‘Elyon, You are the Most High God,” Joseph whispered softly.  “And it is in Your shelter, under Your wings that I dwell.  I will say of You, Adonai, that You are my refuge and my fortress, my God!  In You, I will trust.  You will rescue me from the trap of the hunter and the plague of calamities.  You cover me with Your pinions, and under Your wings I am sheltered.  Indeed, Your truth is my shield and protector.”

Joseph’s head snapped around to the noise of raucous laughter, as some of his fellow inmates kicked and bullied another, weaker prisoner, who tried to cover his head and his sides with his hands and arms, curling into a ball, to protect his vital parts.  Eyes snapping, Joseph arose to his full height, glaring down at the man’s tormentors. “Enough!” he spoke with all of the authority he had been given by ‘Elyon.  “Get away from this man immediately.  You will not torment him while I am here.”

The bullies looked up at Joseph, standing above them, so strong and mighty.  Then, without argument, they backed down.  He had spoken to them with such power, that none, not even the biggest bully dared to cross him.  Joseph, whispered his thanks to Adonai, as he knelt down to the man, who was still curled up in a ball.  Gently, he checked his wounds, ripping his own clothing, to bind the worst of them up.  The man thanked him profusely, and watched and listened, as Joseph continued to pray.

“I will not fear the terrors of night or the arrow that flies by day, or the plague that roams in the dark, or the scourge that wreaks havoc at noon.  A thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right hand; but it won’t come near me.  I will keep my eyes open, and I will see how the wicked are punished.”

“Who is this god that you pray to?” the man asked Joseph.  “You speak to Him so familiarly, as though you knew Him.  Is He not offended, as other gods are, when you speak to him in such a personal way?”

Joseph smiled gently at the man.  “No, my friend.  My God is not offended.  He is the God of my fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He is the living God, the only true God.  Indeed, if you will makeAdonai, the Most High, who is my refuge, your dwelling-place, no disaster will happen to you, no calamity will come near your tent; for He will order His angels to care for you and guard you wherever you go.  They will carry you in their hands, so that you won’t trip on a stone.  Indeed, you will tread down lions and snakes, young lions and serpents you will trample underfoot.

“Because I love Him, He will rescue me; because I know His name, He will protect me.  I will call on Him, and He will answer me.  He will be with me when I am in trouble.  He will extricate me and bring me honor.  He will satisfy me with long life and show me  His salvation.  He will do the same for you, my friend, if you will make Him your dwelling place.

The entire prison had fallen silent, when Joseph shared this good news with his fellow inmate.  Now, many began to question Joseph about his God, even the warden, who had come to see why the prison had become so calm and quiet.  It was clear to Joseph that God had a plan for him, even in this dark and dirty place, and with his face set like flint, he spoke silently to God in his heart, “Yes Lord.  I will follow You and obey You, even in the darkest of prisons.”

Because of his love and obedience, the Lord was with Joseph, and showered him with His faithful love.  Joseph became the warden’s favorite that day, when he brought God’s peace into the often violent prison, and before long, he put Joseph in charge over all the prisoners, and everything that happened in prison.  Indeed, because the Lord continued to shower His love on Joseph, and the prison now ran so smoothly, the warden no longer had any worries…

Beloved, even in the midst of prison, Joseph was able to not only find peace, but to thrive, because he understood that His dwelling place was in the shelter of ‘Elyon, the Most High God, not the prison where he currently resided.  Where is your dwelling place?  No matter where you reside, you, too, can have peace that passes all understanding and even thrive, as long as you dwell in the shelter of the Most High God…

© 2019
Cheryl A. Showers

Psalm 91
Complete Jewish Bible

You who live in the shelter of ‘Elyon,
who spend your nights in the shadow of Shaddai,
who say to Adonai, “My refuge! My fortress!
My God, in whom I trust!” —
He will rescue you from the trap of the hunter
and from the plague of calamities;
He will cover you with His pinions,
and under His wings you will find refuge;
His truth is a shield and protection.

You will not fear the terrors of night
or the arrow that flies by day,
or the plague that roams in the dark,
or the scourge that wreaks havoc at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand;
but it won’t come near you.
Only keep your eyes open,
and you will see how the wicked are punished.

For you have made Adonai, the Most High,
who is my refuge, your dwelling-place.
10 No disaster will happen to you,
no calamity will come near your tent;
11 for He will order His angels to care for you
and guard you wherever you go.
12 They will carry you in their hands,
so that you won’t trip on a stone.
13 You will tread down lions and snakes,
young lions and serpents you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he loves me, I will rescue him;
because he knows my name, I will protect him.
15 He will call on Me, and I will answer him.
I will be with him when he is in trouble.
I will extricate him and bring him honor.
16 I will satisfy him with long life
and show him my salvation.”

Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a List

Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a List

by michelle w. on April 14, 2013

Who doesn’t love a list? So write one! Top five slices of pizza in your town, ten reasons disco will never die, the three secrets to happiness — go silly or go deep, just go list-y.
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TOP 10 REASONS TO LOVE JESUS CHRIST AND ACCEPT HIM AS LORD AND SAVIOR

10.     Salvation only comes through Christ

There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.

~ Acts 4:12 NLT ~

9.      In Him is life

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.

~ John 10:10 NLT ~

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Daily Prompt: Plead the Fifth

What question do you hate to be asked? Why?
Daily Prompt: Plead the Fifth

The question that I most dislike to hear is the question which no one has an answer to… “Why would a holy God, the God of love allow ___?” This question is often posed to Christians in the wake of disasters or other horrible incidents, such as the one which took place this past Friday, December 14, 2012, a terrible, heart wrenching day which will live long in the memories of men, women and children all across this country.

http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/school-safety-experts-disagree-on-lock-down-procedures-after.html
http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/school-safety-experts-disagree-on-lock-down-procedures-after.html

I dislike this question because if I’m to be very honest with you, I can’t answer it. Neither I, nor any other believer will ever be able to answer this question to anyone’s satisfaction, because the truth is that while Christians love God and we trust God, many things are a mystery to us, and will continue to remain a mystery until God chooses to reveal the mysteries to us. Many times, when well-meaning people take it upon themselves to try to answer this great and terrible question, “Why would a holy God, the God of love allow ___?” it leaves a bitter taste in their mouth, and it often turns the stomach of those who asked the question.

Often times, this question is thrown out as a gauntlet, an accusation by non-believers to Christians, not because the non-believer is genuinely seeking an answer, but because the non-believer already knows that nothing the Christian could ever say will explain the horror of what happened. When people ask me this question, I have to be honest and tell them, “I just don’t know.” 

You see, my lack of knowledge in no way diminishes God, who Himself tells  us, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV)

Is there an answer to, “Why would a holy God, the God of love allow ___?” Absolutely, and I also truly believe that there was and is a reason why terrible things happen, but while I could try to explain my thoughts and opinions about this to you, they would not serve any purpose. For how can you find comfort in my words? How can anyone find purpose in my opinions? 

http://staticyouth.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/my-god-my-god-what-does-it-mean/
http://staticyouth.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/my-god-my-god-what-does-it-mean/

The only One who could ever answer these questions is Almighty God, Himself, and understand, He doesn’t usually answer the “Why” questions. Even when Jesus hung on the cross and asked, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” there was silence from heaven, not because the Father didn’t care. For He certainly cares for His Son. Again, I don’t have an answer for why God does what He does, why He allows what He allows, or why He doesn’t always answer when we question Him.

I can only share with you what I do know to be true.The only thing that I do know for sure is that His plans and His ways are always good. I know that He loves each one of us with an everlasting love and that He has good plans for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us. He wants to give us a hope and a future.  And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. (Romans 8:28 NLT) 

I know that Christ is coming again soon, though many scoff at this. But you must not forget, dear friends, that a day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise to return, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so He is giving more time for everyone to repent.

Therefore, I can tell you this with certainty:

  • If you love God and if you are called according to His purpose for you, He will cause everything to work together for your good… This means that even the most dreadful occurrences will work for your good.
  • Time on earth as we know it is nearing the end, but even though it’s been more than 2000 years since He ascended into heaven, and He still hasn’t returned, it is because He is being patient for your sake.
  • Jesus does not want anyone to perish.
  • Therefore, He has given more time, taken longer, held back His return in order to give more time for everyone to repent (turn away from sin and turn toward Him)

My friends, I don’t mind admitting to my ignorance about this, so please don’t be angry with me when I tell you, “I don’t know why,”  because I don’t have all the answers, and to presume to answer that question would not bring comfort to anyone. Instead, please allow me to share this with you.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/14/psychological-effects-connecticut-shooting_n_2303908.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/14/psychological-effects-connecticut-shooting_n_2303908.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents

Though I don’t know why the precious lives of those beautiful little children and their teachers were killed on Friday, I do know that God loved them. I know that He was with each and every child, and adult on that dreadful day. I know that His heart was broken for the victims of that brutal slaughter, their parents, families and friends, and that His heart was also broken for the young man who took the lives of so many innocent victims, as well as his family and friends.

I also know that this brutality was never in His will, although He allowed it to happen. And again, I don’t know why, except that each one of us has been given a free will, to choose to walk in obedience to God, or to walk in obedience to the devil and our flesh. This young man chose not to walk in obedience to God, and thereby chose to steal the lives of many.

I also know that this young man’s suicide did not free him from being judged and sentenced by Almighty God, who hates sin, and who especially hates sin against children. I pray that the people of Newtown, CT, and the people of this nation will find rest and comfort in the arms of the Almighty.

I pray that the people of this nation will humble themselves and pray and see the face of God, and turn from our wicked ways. Then He will hear from heaven and He will heal our battered land.

In conclusion, please don’t ask me why, because I can’t answer what I myself don’t understand. Rather, let’s ask God, “What can we do to ensure that this never happens again?” And, “How can we comfort those who have lost so much in this tragedy?”

© 2012
Cheryl A. Showers