Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sure Is Hot These Days

Isaiah 4:6  "And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat,..."

As we are now into July, the summertime heat can be overpowering some days. So much so that it changes our activity as we search for ways to stay cool. We act differently because we are hot. Even in today's language when a person likes something they say how hot it is. Temperatures just this week, out west, have soared to right at 120 degrees. Now that's hot! And sadly in the heat of the battle, 19 firefighters lost their lives, in Arizona, protecting and serving as the hot fires shifted on them and they had no where to go. On a lighter note, the Miami Heat just won another NBA title causing the rest of the league to take notice of the Heat. Some crimes committed have been done in the heat of the moment.

It's for sure we need controlled heat in our lives to survive. But too much heat or out of control heat can be devastating to us. "Can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." Ever heard that one?

Our scripture says, "...there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow..." The church, today, offers a place of refuge, a refreshing, to all those who are hot and bothered and need a nice cool drink of water. Jesus will cover you from the heat of this world.

If you read 2 Peter 3:10, you will find the Word says, "...the elements shall melt with fervent heat,..." That's pretty intense heat! Someday soon, the earth and its works shall be burned up.

I'm thankful for a God who offers His church protection in the heat of the moment. There is an eternal hell fire with unbearable heat where there is no way out; tormented forever! But God, in His mercy tells of a heaven with no more pain, sorrow or sickness. Eternity with Jesus! Glory!

As Moses pitched the Tabernacle of the Congregation, everyone which sought the Lord went into that tabernacle. God has made a way of escape from the heat of the day; a refuge, a shadow for all who will seek after Him.

Solomon, who was given more wisdom than anyone, said, "I sat down under His shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste." Come and see His goodness and get in out of the heat!

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