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As I prepare to speak at a men's prayer breakfast in the morning I have been reminded of some of my roles as a Husband and Dad. Isaiah 32:2 says that "each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land."
The ultimate end and example of this verse is Christ. He is our protector and salvation. He has secured us from God's just wrath. He "bore it [God's Wrath] in the room and stead of his people, has turned it away, and delivered them from it, and all the effects of it, so that nothing of it comes upon them; he has endured the whole force of the storm himself; and his righteousness, blood, sacrifice, and intercession, screen his people from it". Gill
He protects us from the storm of God's holy wrath, and the storm of evil that seeks to steal, kill and destroy.
God is refreshing like streams of water in a dry place. His grace is abundant in Christ, "and the freeness of it, which flows from the boundless ocean of divine love, and which greatly comforts and refreshes the souls of the Lord's people in this dry and barren land, and makes them cheerful and fruitful, revives their spirits, makes glad their hearts, and causes them to go on their way rejoicing." Gill
He is our cover. "Christ is the ROCK that is higher than they, to whom they are directed and led when their hearts are overwhelmed within them; on whom not only their souls are built, and their feet are set, and he is a shelter to them, but he casts a shadow, which is very reviving and refreshing, and that is the shadow of his word and ordinances, under which they sit with delight and pleasure, and which makes their travelling through this wilderness comfortable." Gill
Christ has accomplished these things for us and applies them daily upon us.
As a husband and dad I desire to follow Jesus in being his vessel to express protection, grace, and covering. I want to be these things to my family and others. Jesus alone can do it in the ultimate sence, but we can model this type of love as far as we can through the Holy Spirit.