2 Samuel 22: 30-32
“As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
Duck and cover
That’s an interesting phrase, isn’t it. I think it might mean very different things to different people. When I thought of it, as a resident of Oregon, I thought about getting out of a pouring deluge of rain. For those who grew up during the cold war, it reminds them of drills they had in school when they had to go under their desks to prepare for a feared nuclear attack.
For my husband who actually experienced a bombing in Saudi Arabia it may have a more urgent tone. Though he wasn’t in the main building, most of what he owned was embedded with glass from the window shattered by the explosion. I’m pretty sure if he heard someone yell, “duck and cover”, he would.
When do you duck and cover?
There are many times in our lives when we, “duck and cover”. When people aren’t kind to us, we often withdraw from our friends. When one of our ideas is shot down at work, we sheepishly go back to work vowing never to offer any suggestions again for fear of being embarrassed. Some of us have been hurt by love one too many times and are not going to put ourselves out there just to get hurt again. We all duck and cover sometimes.
What covers you?
When you duck and cover, do you really find protection from the things you fear? You need a powerful shield to protect you from all the things life throws at you. God promises to be that shield, “He shields all who take refuge in him.”
So how do we duck and cover with God?
When things hit the fan, and you’re sure they’re only getting worse, duck and cover in the Lord’s word. When it seems life is falling apart stop and pray, really talk it through with the one who protects you. Seek out other Christians who can help you to stay close to the Lord and seek out His protection from things that might harm you. Whatever you do don’t isolate yourself from those who care, because the Devil wants to get you on your own so he can try to break you down. Stay close to cover and be protected by the one who loves you more than you’ll ever know.
All things are possible with God
Sometimes our problems seem insurmountable. But the God of the universe is able to make all things work for the good of those that love Him. I love the verse from our reading, “with my God I can scale a wall.” I know that Samuel probably didn’t mean that literally, but I have to admit I did see him as Spiderman for a second in my mind. But what Samuel writes is true, God can help us overcome the walls in our life.