UNDER THE SHADOW
Psa. 91:9-10 ¶ Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your
This world can sometimes get to us. There are troubles on every side, and they can be quite intimidating. If sickness and tragedy surrounds you, it is easy to fall into a despondency thinking you might be next. That happens to the best of us. Young Charles Spurgeon was visiting a large number of church people who were dying from the plague. He became afraid until The Lord encouraged him in a strange way. Sitting in a shop window was today’s scripture verse The Lord used it to encourage him in The Lord. Here is some of that story in his own words.
“The effect upon my heart was immediate. Faith appropriated the passage as her own. I felt secure, refreshed, girt with immortality. I went on with my visitation of the dying in a calm and peaceful spirit; I felt no fear of evil, and I suffered no harm. The providence which moved the tradesman to place those verses in his window I gratefully acknowledge, and in the remembrance of its marvelous power I adore the Lord my God. The psalmist in these verses assures the man who dwells in God that he shall be secure. Though faith claims no merit of its own, yet the Lord rewards it wherever he sees it. He who makes God his refuge shall find him a refuge; he who dwells in God shall find his dwelling protected. We must make the Lord our habitation by choosing him for our trust and rest, and then we shall receive immunity from harm; no evil shall touch us personally, and no stroke of judgment shall assail our household. The dwelling here intended by the original was only a tent, yet the frail covering would prove to be a sufficient shelter from harm of all sorts. It matters little whether our abode be a gypsy’s hut or a monarch’s palace if the soul has made the Most High its habitation.”
God’s word is more powerful that we know. In an unexpected moment from an unexpected source The Lord met Charles Spurgeon that day. Rather than ministering to the dying in fear he was greatly encouraged in The Lord. Maybe you feel like evil has surrounded you on every side. In Christ, you have a place of refuge to hide in. What is that refuge? It is the shadow of the Almighty God. Finding that shadow can become the lifelong pleasure, your greatest quest in life. The amazing thing is that shadow is mobile; you can find it on a country road or in a downtown busy street. You may find it on the bus or in your secret place of prayer. Find that place. Under the shadow is a place of refuge in the greatest of all storms.