Noah built an ark the size of one and a half football fields. Few people realize Noah and his family were in that ark, not 40 days and nights, but 365 days before the land was dry again. From that family, all families were born.
Jacob was sheltered in place for fourteen years when his brother wanted to murder him. Adonai prepared him for leadership, wealth and an identity shift from Jacob to Israel. That is how Israel got its name; they are the people of the lineage of Israel, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham.
Joseph was sheltered in slavery and prison in Egypt while Adonai developed his character to become the second in command in all of Egypt to save the surrounding lands, including his family, from starvation during a world famine.
Moses was sheltered on the back side of the desert for many years before Adonai called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. During that time he was trained in desert life which would be invaluable in leading the Israelites.
For hundreds of years the Israelites had been slaves to the Egyptians, never allowed to touch a weapon, cowering in fear and totally dependent on their slave masters to feed and clothe them. The Israelites were sheltered in the desert 40 years while they transitioned from slave mentality to warrior readiness to take the promised land.
Elijah was sheltered in place in a cave, fed with a nearby stream and ravens bringing him bread and meat at a time when Queen Jezebel wanted him murdered. The result was miracles by the greatest prophet in the Bible.
David was anointed to be king but had to hide, sheltered in caves, from Saul’s jealous wrath. David learned to be a great leader, a humble servant of Adonai and wrote most of the Book of Psalms.
Jesus was sheltered for 3 days in the tomb, only to rise again, conquer fear and death, and bring salvation to the world.
Paul had taken it upon himself to rid the world of this new and dangerous cult who followed a man named Jesus. Then he met Jesus, the Resurrected Lord, face to face and became the greatest Missionary. Paul was sheltered on the Island of Patmos, surrounded by guards. In isolation he wrote most of the books of the New Testament including the greatest book of prophecy, the Book of Revelation.
Sheltering In Place is a disruption to our lives, but it also provides an amazing opportunity. Families are spending quality time with their children. Parents are homeschooling, getting projects accomplished, having time to relax, to enjoy nature, to start an exercise program, to learn to cook and eat better. People are once again reading their Bibles, doing Bible studies, praying for answers. How is Adonai shaping your character while you’re “sheltered in place?’