“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.’” Psalm 91:1-2
Many states have issued a “Shelter in Place” act in response to the pandemic crisis of COVID-19. Until recently, many may have not even heard the term “Shelter in Place” or even understood what it meant. When looking up the term online, Wikipedia defines it as “to seek safety within the building one already occupies, rather than seek a community shelter.”
“The building one already occupies.” As believers, the Holy Spirit occupies us and God says that we occupy, or abide (dwell) in Christ.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15: 5
“If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.” 1 John 2:24
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” 1 John 4:15
This Truth is comforting. Not only does Christ dwell in us but we are in Him.
Psalm 19:1 says, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High…”. Our shelter in place, our place of abiding or occupying, is His shelter, it is IN HIM. What a comforting thought. What a beautiful and peaceful truth.
Praying we all look at “Shelter in Place” a little different today with this truth, that He is our Shelter, our Shield, our Refuge, and our Strength. We have a Shelter in Place and His name is Jesus.
Father, thank you for giving us the provision to abide in You, that not only does the Holy Spirit occupy us but that we also occupy or dwell in You. Thank You for this truth and comfort. Thank You for being our Shelter. We rest and trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.