I am amazed at the awesomeness of God. I seriously stand amazed at what God is doing and will do for His kids. In Psalm 91, it says that “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Right now, I believe that we are experiencing the peace of God by the rest of God. We are to be resting in Him in the shadow of the Almighty. Following the “rest” of God is “This I declare of the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him.” We are refugees of this world in the arms of Christ as we fight on. It is so easy for you and I to preach to one another. The hard part is living it.
Several years ago we discovered a major leak in our kitchen. We had been soaking towels from time to time and could not figure it out. I moved everything in our mudroom out thinking it was coming from the wall where our bathroom is. Dry as a bone. I looked by our water softener, which we haven’t used since we moved in, dry as the desert. I looked at Sara and said, “it’s the fridge.” I was avoiding that because you and I know that it’s not cheap buying a refrigerator.
The easy thing to do is to rant and rave at the fact that, yet again, we are forking money out that we don’t need to be spending in our one income family. I have to sidestep here and will readdress this at a later time but for a one income family with three kids, God has been taking great care of us. The hard thing to do is to stand back and go, “God we need a great deal.” Where’s your faith?! Speak to that fridge and tell it to dry up in Jesus name!
Let’s be real. Perhaps God wants to bless my family with a greater fridge. Maybe someone will give us a new one. Maybe we will find the deal of the century. What if we didn’t? I look at the three Hebrew boys in Daniel who were commanded to bow to the statue of the king and refused. It was said that even if God didn’t save them, they still would not bow down.
Instead of losing our peace or losing our hair, we are, in the shadow of the Almighty, to come to Him and pray. I had been reading a book called “Just Like Jesus” by Max Lucado which has revolutionized my way of thinking. One of the chapters was on “being led by the unseeing hand.” What would have happened if I had been lead by my own hand? The next verse of Psalms 91 would not happen. “For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the fatal plague.”
But Will, your fridge was leaking. How was that rescuing you? This question may arise in your mind which is valid. There are always tests that we live in. The enemy loves to have a cackle to try you on what God’s word says. The enemy knows the word and if he can get you off track, he can get you out of the shadow of the Almighty, he will do it. Be led by the “unseen hand” by being in communication with Him. I am finding myself more each day being challenged in this area. What would have happened if I had not communicated with the Lord my need? He would not have had the opportunity to fight that battle for me and I would have been off track for what He had planned for me.
With fridge leaking, my peace is not if my appliances are working, my faith is not in the finances to replace the item, my thoughts are not on who is going to help install it, my focus is not on the principal of the matter. My peace is in Him who gave me the focus to focus on Him who will provide a way even where there seems to be no way. What are you doing this week to be in the shadow of the Almighty? How are you communicating with Him? Are you communicating with Him? Open the lines of communication with your heavenly Father for He desires to talk to you about everything.
What are you doing today to communicate with the Father?