My husband put forth great effort to building a chicken coup and rabbit yard for me. It was very strong and secure. The yard area was completely enclosed with wiring to protect from predators from all sides and tarps were placed over the top and wired down to provide shade.
Then a Hurricane came. The eye wall passed very close to us. The winds were horrific. So I prayed and praised God in the storm and He promised me that it would not touch anything on my property. Not one thing would be damaged. He would cause it to pass over and not touch His anointed or even our possessions as a testament to His ability to protect in any situation and a demonstration of His great mercy and faithfulness. What an amazing promise!
At morning’s first light, I went outside to see what had transpired during the night and true to God’s word, nothing was damaged at all. The winds had been strong enough to push my husbands large utility trailer sideways across the concrete several feet, but not one thing was damaged. Not even a single tarp from my chicken yard was torn! They weren’t even loose, they were perfectly positioned like the day we built it! How amazing! God can do anything!
However, I did not move in wisdom from this point on concerning this situation. In telling people about this great miracle of the tarps survival of 100+ mile an hour winds, I gave credit to my husbands strong construction. I mentioned how he always over does things, but how this time it came in handy!
So what happened? A week or so later a cold front came in, bringing with it a little rush of wind. Very miner in comparison to the hurricane that had done no damage. Yet those mild short lived winds tore the tarp right off my chicken yard and I knew instantly what it meant. God was showing me with all assurity that it did not withstand the hurricane because of the strength of the hand that built it, but because of the strength of the hand that covered it. I knew it in my heart but what I spoke had misrepresented what God alone had done. So He gave me a reminder that I might walk in better wisdom.
How often do we do this? I believe that the Lord allowed this to happen to show me something far larger then my chicken yard covering. Because I see this happening also, on a national level. God has moved miraculously to help America withstand the National hurricane of a storm that we have been facing lately. Yet far too often the credit is given to the strength of a man and what His hand has built, rather then to the strength of the hand that covered those men and what they built. So I think a storm will still come to show us where our help really came from.
Maybe it will be a light one in comparison to the one we have been protected from (just like my cold front), but yet enough to show us that no man made covering can withstand the onslaught of the enemy when he rages against us, no matter how strong, well conceived, or well constructed it may seem to be. Yet even the weakest of things can withstand the mighty hurricane winds of the enemy’s plans when God is their covering. Because when God is their covering, even death itself has to Passover them. Don’t ever forget that. Don’t ever fail to speak that. Don’t ever give anything else credit for what God alone has done or you’ll do something as foolish as saying that a tarp (tent/sukkot) is stronger then a hurricane and God will send a breeze to set you straight.
Thank you Lord for the wildernesses, the winters, and the storms that draw us into Your saving arms. Thank You for the clarity that they bring to the reality of how much we need our King. Of how much we are at Your great mercy. Of how deserving You are of praise and thanksgiving. Of how amazing are Your limitless abilities. Of how matchless is Your faithfulness. Of how real and personal is Your closeness. Of how immense is Your patients. And how enduring is Your willingness to teach us how to walk in holiness. Keep us on the straight and narrow path even if it takes chastisement to run us back to it when we get off track. Be it personal, corporate, or national. You love us enough to send us a cold front when we need it. To tear some stuff up to get our eyes back on Jesus. Let us be mature enough to receive it and to learn and grow from it in humility that we don’t have to repeat it.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” – Proverbs 9:10
The hurricane that our tarp covering survived came at the end of Sukkot, which means “tent”. It’s a time to remember when God allowed many plagues and hardships to come upon Egypt that His people might be freed from the bondage of it and be willing to follow Him out into a wilderness where they would dwell in tarp covered tents called booths. (Like my chicken yard) Yet in this time of uncertainty (like the storm) would they be protected and provided for from every onslaught of the enemy, every attack, every lack, every storm, nothing could harm them! He did it all miraculously, building their faith in His wisdom and faithfulness through dependency and necessity in this hard season of following and trusting His leading! Yet when they got to the promise land on the other side of this wilderness, He warns them. Don’t forget that it was Me that did this impossible thing, less you be tempted to take credit and I be forced to remove My hand of protection; and what I once blessed and protected come to perish because of your arrogance.
Church of Jesus Christ, do not be guilty of this. God has covered us from unimaginable hardship. He has protected us from plagues and from the attacks of the enemy. He has turn their curses into blessings. He has exposed the Hamans. He has confounded the Balaams. He has covered us with His mighty right hand while death itself passed over our land. Don’t make the grave mistake of giving credit for it to man, no matter how much God may have used him to build up less you upset the Lord and He pull back His hand and it all be torn down in an instant. He alone has done this. Be vigilant to speak that to others and to every generation after us, that we might continue to be blessed with great unmerited victory’s as we march on into the territories of our destinies! Or don’t, and loose your true covering in the face of the spiritual cold front that’s coming.
“When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.” – Deuteronomy 8:10-20