We can make for ourselves a hiding place out of almost anything. Its sort of like the story of the three little pigs. There are houses made of straw and ones of brick. We make ourselves houses of straw and when that wolf comes he blows them right down.
We focus on relationships, our marriages, our friends, our children even our christian and church friends and non of these relationships are bad but we cultivate within ourselves a mindset where when things get crazy we seek our those people first for comfort.
We might even hop from person to person. Seeking your spouse then friends then kids then pastor and so on and so on. When one person isn’t comforting then you move on to the next. Or maybe we even hunker down and focus on that person anyway as a distraction from the circumstances at hand. We will do all these things first before we ever look to God.
is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
God cant be our shelter if hes 5th on the list of things we do when trouble comes around. We can request peace from him in the moments in between and then run to people to make us feel better. If it rained we don’t grab random objects to put over our heads to block the rain, we grab the umbrella, we grab it first because it is the best at blocking rain. God is our refuge and shelter he is the best for protecting us from trouble. We have to separate from the urge to seek out others for our comfort.
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