Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Hiding Place

And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. (Isa 32:2)

My mother gave me a devotional book several years prior to her death in 1999. The book is entitled "Beside Still Waters", by Hughes W. Day, M.D. It is always on my desk. Dr. Hughes Day is the originator and founding director of the world’s first Intensive Coronary Care Unit, at Bethany Medical Center, 1962...and a good friend of my father when he was Pastor of John Calvin United Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, KS. (1950-1960) I copy the first three paragraphs of his devotional for January 21st:

"We live in a weary land. The noon day heat oppresses. Life’s fierce fevers come. But our Christ is a sure hiding place from all of lifes’s trials. When we are tired and worn, we may rest in His shadow. He is our Rock. And for all of life’s thirsts, Jesus is also sufficient. If our lives are parched and dry, we need but drink of Him and find "rivers of living water." Like the woman at the well, we can leave our earthen waterpots behind, for all who drink of Him need never thirst again!

But not only for the trials of life and the thirsts of life is Jesus sufficient, He is also sufficient for the tempests of life. When great sorrow and tragedy come, when temptation almost overwhelm the soul, in Him we have a secure hiding place and a safe covert.

O fearful heart, hush thy needless poundings. Let the storms rage. He who stilled the restless waves of Galilee bids thee to hide safely in Him. Christ is sufficient!"

As the song says.."Wonderful Words of Life"!

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