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marbella3 66F
2407 posts
10/8/2019 4:22 am

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10/9/2019 3:38 pm

Shelter from the Storm

Bible in a Year :

Isaiah 30–31; Philippians 4
When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.

Exodus 33:22

Exodus 33:12–23
As the story goes, in 1763, a young minister, traveling on a cliffside road in Somerset, England, ducked into a cave to escape the flashes of lightning and pounding rain. As he looked out at Cheddar Gorge, he pondered the gift of finding shelter and peace in God. Waiting there, he began to write a hymn, “Rock of Ages,” with its memorable opening lines: “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.”

We don’t know if Augustus Toplady thought about Moses’s experience in the cleft of a rock while writing the hymn (Exodus 33:22), but perhaps he did. The Exodus account tells of Moses seeking God’s reassurance and God’s response. When Moses asked God to reveal His glory to him, God answered graciously, knowing that “no one may see me and live” (v. 20). He tucked Moses into the rocks when He passed by, letting Moses only see His back. And Moses knew that God was with him.

We can trust that just as God said to Moses, “My Presence will go with you” (v. 14), so too we can find refuge in Him. We may experience many storms in our lives, as did Moses and the English minister in the story, but when we cry out to Him, He will give us the peace of His presence.

Reflect & Pray
As you look back at various seasons of your life, how do you see God’s loving presence during the storms? How do you experience His presence today?

Father God, help me to trust that You’re with me, even during the storms of life.

MrsJoe 72F
11468 posts
10/8/2019 8:13 pm

Trying to rest in the cleft more all the time. Little sleep last night, early up this morning to get ready for Joe's surgical procedure today. Anesthesiologist visit right before and after talking with us, made the decision to do a nerve block and extremely light sedation instead of the planned IV sedative and Novocain shots to the area. So a few minutes after the 15 minutes procedure, Joe was alert, no pain, and eating. A short time later, we were on our way home. What a peaceful place it is to rest in the Lord.

If you expect nothing from anyone, you won't be disappointed, but you might be pleasantly surprised.

marbella3 66F
49 posts
10/9/2019 5:08 am

wonderful news, God is great no one like my God.

boogie7102 74F

10/9/2019 12:37 pm

What wonderful news Mrs. Joe and yes, keep the faith in a higher plan for all our lives. Those that say there is no God have been blind to the happenings and beauty around them.