Isaiah 25: Outlasting the Storm
In Isaiah 25, we get a very interesting description of what God has done.
Isa 25:3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.
Isa 25:4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
I thought this is interesting because at the beginning of verse four, we hear all about the strength of God. We know that, and we know that He is omnipotent. That is one of the basic characteristics of God.
However, then He is described as a refuge and a shelter. Those are more defensive mechanisms if you will. It is not as if God is the storm that is visibly powerful and intimidating. Rather, He is the shelter. He is able to remain despite the storm. Shelters don’t stop the storm, but they are able to outlast them.
We sometimes wonder why God doesn’t take all the evil out of our lives. He doesn’t promise that He will do that. Rather, He promises to be a shelter, and this is not the only passage that uses this type of language.
God promises to be our strength and to help us work through the storm. The storm is not more powerful than Him, so it is not as if the walls are going to cave in or anything like that. When we rely on Him as our strength, we will not fall. We will be able to outlast the storm, and we will ultimately be victorious. God will see us go.