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HEATis all about temperature and humidity. As I am writing this devotional it is 1050 degrees in Dallas. I mean hot! But there are plenty of places that are hotter. Texans who can afford it head to Colorado or New Mexico in July and August. Since I am writing from Big D; what does that tell you?

Bill C. in Big D!

Other than the obvious, there are several ways of looking at “heat”. In baseball, it’s the pitcher throwing fastballs; in football it’s the defense putting an intense rush on the passer; in the criminal world it’s about someone packing a weapon; in the political arena it’s elected officials getting severe pressure from their constituents; and in a business it’s the man in the corner office taking the fallout from angry investors or clients. No one alive can escape some or all of these.

In the middle of winter, heat is a welcomed break from the cold – a stove, fireplace or null
campfire. Right now in Texas, all we hope for is relief, even if it’s just a breeze under a shade tree, or a swim in some pool or stream. We dream in August of those wonderful October nights that are not far away. It is understandable that Texans developed auto air conditioning! They’re my heroes for sure. But the truly unsung heroes are those American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan facing unbearable daily heat–in full uniform!

We know that the primary source of heat for the earth is the sun. Some days we want it to shine brightly and others we hope for cloud cover. Either way, it is still performing its God-ordained functions, countless more than we can describe. This amazing ball of incredibly inextinguishable gases just ‘keeps on burning!’ The earth is like a giant rotisserie at a backyard barbeque. Our Creator God set this in motion from day one. Can your mind even imagine earth without it? Brrrr, I can’t! And it has not burned up the earth over all these thousands of years. God is one great Chef!

Psalm 19 is the foundation for these life lessons. It graphically illustrates that God’s word is seen and heard in all He has created. It is uttering and declaring everywhere. In verse 4 we see this. “Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun.” And verse 6 illustrates that the sun is traversing the heavens speaking to all mankind, ‘bringing the heat’ so to speak! “Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat.” Just as the sun brings light and heat to the earth, the word of God brings warmth and light to our hearts and minds, speaking His sovereignty and glory into our lives.


But just as God has brought heat to the world through the sun, He also made provision to protect us from its heat. Isaiah 4:6 is a great reminder. “And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.” This is the promise to Israel, the body of Christ, from the Redeemer. The psalmist also expresses the grace of God in 121:5-6. “The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.”

And who is the scripture speaking of in all this? To whom is the creation pointing? We know Him as the Word. God’s word and God’s creation are witnessing to His Son. And what is the bottom line message? Jesus is our shade, our refuge from the sun, and our shelter from the heat. There is no greater illustration than in Revelation 7:15-17. “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

The one thing people in Texas want at this time of year is water. To survive the heat! And if you let your mind drift to the abyss of hell; what one thing would you speculate is missing? Eternal thirst from the heat! But God has made provision for us who are in Christ. As Revelation points out, Jesus is the source of living waters and in Him, our refuge from the heat, there will be no more thirst. Sorta makes you want to go to the Well and drink deeply! And for sure, Jesus ain’t no bottled water!

Copyright 2013

Bill C. Dotson



Scriptures taken from the New King James Version

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