Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite scriptures.
“And the Lord will create upon every dwelling-place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for upon all the glory of Zion shall be a defence.
And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and a covert from storm and from rain.” – 2 Nephi 14:5-6
The Lord offers us safety and peace. Joy, really. He will guide and protect us. I mean, what a blessing and comfort – just knowing this about the Lord.
The Lord will be a “cloud of smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night.” This is how he guided the children of Israel through the wilderness.
The Lord will not leave us alone. He will not leave us to wander. He will guide us. Granted, there are times when we are guided through the wilderness. And yes, He wants us to take initiative. But we can also be assured that the Lord will be with us always.
This brings so much comfort to my soul. And ultimately joy. I know that I don’t have to worry so much, but just put my faith in Him. Though there isn’t a physical cloud or pillar of fire in my life, I have been blessed with tender mercies that often act in the same way.
I especially love the phrase, “for a shadow in the daytime form the heat.” I used to live in Arizona – the Phoenix area. I’m not sure if you’ve ever visited AZ, but it’s a desert. I mean, it is hot
This picture was taken when it wasn’t even hot outside. But still, you can see the sun. Oh, the relentless sun in the desert. Arizona has 330 days of sun every year. (I actually think that it might be more like 355…!) 😉 I loved living there, but it is exhausting.
During the summer, the heat is scorching, and it doesn’t really let up.
When you live in a place like AZ, and then you read that the Lord will create a dwelling place – “for a shadow in the daytime from heat” – well this phrase is really comforting. It really speaks to you!
Protection and Peace
In this passage, the Lord also promises, “a place of refuge, a covert from storm and rain.”
This is also really easy to relate to. Just think of any storm. A snowstorm. A rainstorm. A tornado! And the Lord will be our refuge, a covert to protect us from the raging storm.
While this is easy to relate to, maybe we underestimate this blessing. I mean, if you’re reading this on your own personal computer or smartphone, chances are you have a home, a roof over your head. And chances are you don’t have to rough it during a hailstorm outside. Most likely you don’t have to search for cover. In fact, I can’t really say that I’ve felt the sting of a hard rain on my skin in some time.
But we don’t have to battle during physical storms only. There are many other storms we face in this day, and the Lord will protect us from the spiritual and emotional storms of our lives just as much as He will protect us physically.