HIDING PLACE – SHELTER – A RIVER – SHADOW

Isa.32:2 – A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest, As rivers of water in a dry place, As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

This prophesy points to the most incredible of all revelations; God himself became a man. We know the Lord is our shelter in times of storms, a river for us in the desert, and also the shadow that we hide under. This verse begins to attribute all of those characteristics to a man who would come as a Savior at the darkest of times. That’s why Paul called Jesus of Nazareth the mystery of godliness. John said the Word which had been with the Father from eternity took on human flesh. John walked with this man for three years, Paul had a life transforming encounter with Him on the Road to Damascus. Today you and I can bask in these promises. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes this prophesy.

“If these things had been said of God, it would not be strange under the Old Testament; for God is frequently called a hiding-place for his people, a refuge in time of trouble, a strong rock, and a high tower. But what is so remarkable is, that they are said of “a man.” But this is a prophecy of the Son of God incarnate. The things here foretold of him, and the commendations given him. “He shall be a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest:” that is, he shall be the safety and defense of his people, to which they shall flee for protection in the time of their danger and trouble. To him they shall flee, as one who is abroad, and sees a terrible storm arising, makes haste to some shelter to secure himself; so that however furious is the tempest, yet he is safe within, and the wind and rain, though they beat never so impetuously upon the roof and walls, are no annoyance unto him.”

Today, Jesus is our hiding place when the winds of change begin to blow. He is our place to hide in the storms of life. We can come to Him every day and drink the refreshing living water that brings life to our soul. He is also a giant Rock who casts a shadow for us in the scorching heat of trials, this is our place of rest, refreshing, and renewal.

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