Security is an important element in our lives. We want to know that we are secure in our relationships with family and friends. We like to have a comfortable nest egg incase we have a financial emergency or are approaching retirement. Being assured our health is good is especially important to us. At night, we lock our doors and windows so that we feel safe while we are sleeping. What we don’t spend enough time contemplating is our eternal security. Psalm 91:1, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty;”
Several months ago, I was at an outdoor event in 95 degree weather. The heat on my skin burned and I started to look for a tree with shade. Around the corner of the building, I noticed a weeping willow tree and walked over to it to stand in its umbrella like shade. Under the tree, I felt 10 degrees cooler. It made me think of this verse from Psalm 91 and how God’s shadow hovers over us, protecting us.
In the real world, we know earthly trials will come our way. We are exposed to the elements – good and bad – because of the fall of man. There are times when God doesn’t rescue us from those dangers; but when we place our trust in Him and dwell in His shelter, we can be assured that whatever we face, God will turn it for our good and His glory. Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to proper you and not to harm you. To give you a future and a hope.”
As a believer, when we place our trust in God to keep our soul safe, He will not let us down, whatever our circumstances. Eternal security is given to us because of God’s tremendous love for us. Today, talk with God about your plans. Make sure they are in line with His will. Examine what you are doing to secure eternity. Ask Him to help you dwell in His shelter so that you can be secure in His shadow. You were created with a huge purpose in mind. Allow God to use you. When we stand in His shade, we are defended by the God who will give us everything we need, exactly when we need it.