Homeless No More

Psalm 91: 1-2(NIV)

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

An estimated 100 million people worldwide are homeless according to a 2005 study by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.  This number can only be estimated as homeless people do not have a fixed address and it would be very difficult to account for these statistics.  As estimated 1 billion people to not have adequate housing and it is possible that there could be 500 million who are homeless today.  If you think of the civil unrest that is going on in the Middle East, thousands upon thousands of people are being displaced from their home.  If there is a flood or earthquake in poverty stricken areas, people lose their homes and they have to pick up and live somewhere else.  There are millions of people who do not have the resources to rebuild.  There is no such thing as property insurance in many of these impoverished and war-torn countries all over the world. In big cities, there may be solitary individuals who live on the streets, but there are millions all over the world who live in ‘shanty’ towns which are make–shift shelters made of plywood, plastic, corrugated sheet metal or cardboard boxes.

In Hebrews 13:14, is says that this world is not our home, but we have a permanent home that is to come.   However, we all can have a spiritual shelter whether we have a home or not.  This passage says that those who dwell in the shelter of God will rest in his shadow.  He is our refuge and our fortress.  There is safety in this fortress where we can seek shelter from the storms of life.  The Bible says that there will always be the poor among us.  Figuratively, we are all poor spiritually without the sacrifice of Jesus.  We are all homeless without the refuge and shelter of the Most High.  Because of his love for us, we can be homeless no more.

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