“For you have been a stronghold for the poor person, a stronghold for the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storms and a shade from the heat. When the breath of the violent is like a storm against a wall, like heat in a dry land, you will subdue the uproar of barbarians” (Isaiah 25.4-5a).
Why is there so much joy in exalting God and praising His name? It is because of His accomplishments, plans executed with perfect faithfulness (25.1). However, this does not always mean that we won’t face need, distress, or the breath of the violent like a storm against a wall.
The life of a believer is characterized by a greater awareness of sin and its toll upon him. This is acutely true when we are first saved. We felt the oppressive guilt. We understand the eternal darkness that awaited us. Then, as we mature in our newfound faith, we are marginalized from the world. Some of us face great persecution in the world. The breath of the violent is indeed like a storm against a wall. We also are tempted by the world, the flesh, and the devil. We are needy and distressed. At times, God seems so far away. We feel forsaken and forgotten.
The truth is that we have a stronghold. We have a refuge. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11.28). Even as you face your own personal storm this week, Christ will give you rest. Christ has so loved you that He gave Himself for you. He has given you an example of how you ought to love and live. May God strengthen us in trying times. May He help us to glorify Him through loving others.