“When a storm strikes…God will keep safe all who obey him.” Pr 10:25 CEV

Heart-rending scenes of nature’s devastation are hard to forget. Victims caught in the path of hurricanes, floods and earthquakes are tossed around like matchsticks. But those prepared in advance escape its destruction. There is no such thing as a storm-free life! The words “When (not if) a storm strikes,” teach us that we all go through times of heartache and trouble. The question is: are you prepared? You can be. God can protect you in times of loss, sickness, divorce, unemployment, loneliness and depression. You may not be able to predict life’s storms or prevent them, but you can prepare for them and be protected in them by doing the following things: Locate your storm shelter. Mid-storm is no time to be caught in confusion seeking refuge for yourself and your family. You must know in Whom, and where your protection lies. The Bible says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Pr 18:10). God’s “name” speaks of His character, His reliability and His faithfulness. A man or woman without God is forced to be their own god—what a fearful thought! But those who love God can say, “God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless…courageous in seastorm and earthquake, before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains” (Ps 46:1-3 TM). The old Irish preacher had his own take on the hymn. He’d say, “On Christ the solid rock I stand—all other rocks are sham-rocks!” Trust God; He’s the only storm shelter you’ll ever need.