Living in the Shadow of God

Some attribute the 91st Psalm to Moses, although he most likely did not actually write the manuscript himself. This really has no meaning except to point to the fact that the mss of the Word of God is inspired by Him, is infallible, inerrant, and is the authority of all Believers’ life experiences. In this 91st Psalm are found the treasures of life, the expectancy of the days given us by the Creator. God tells us, “I will satisfy him with a long life and show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:16 HCSB.

God removed the guilt of our sins by His grace through our faith in Jesus Christ, the One who died on the cross. It is on the basis of Jesus’ righteousness that God accepts our response of faith. This acceptance is also referred to as justification. However, the consequences of sin still follow us to our graves, physical death completing our lives on this earth. Nevertheless, God extends His mercy to humanity allowing us to live as long as our appointed days. His grace enables us to enjoy life incorporating a profitable contribution to society.

One of life’s most difficult encounters is death coming as the result of so many physical calamities and at difficult moments in time. The difficulty lies in this statement found in Psalm 91:1, “The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.” We are in the shadow of His protection, but no one is free from the intrusion of illness and tragedy coming in many forms. God allows us to die from many causes and at the time without expectation. “How is this possible?” The most plausible answer we know and are able to give is, “we live in a fallen world.”

God has allowed Satan with limited power over us humans, “Skin for skin!” Satan answered the Lord. “A man will give up everything he owns in exchange for his life. But stretch out Your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse You to Your face.” “Very well,” the Lord told Satan, “he is in your power; only spare his life.” Job 2:4-6. Earlier Job was limited to the possessions and families of Job, but now Job has come again seeking to destroy Job by attacking his physical being. Seemingly God relents and allows Satan authority to attack and infect this human who has committed to following God. But, does this answer the question we have concerning God’s continuing protection for those who are following His Son, Jesus Christ? I think so.

Not long ago, my wife of 50+ years ended her time on earth following a 9-year conflict with cancer. I will attest to the fact of her enduring love and commitment to our Lord. She never one time objected to the fight she was engaged in. I am reminded her battle was not with Satan, but with the disease he was allowed to infect her body. Her faith in Jesus Christ never one time faltered. I am convinced of God’s indwelling presence in her life until she took her final breath. Now I know for certain that Satan holds the power of physical death, but eternal death and life are spiritual matters held by God himself.

What we do know is this, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you. Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world. Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. The dominion belongs to Him forever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:5-11. The pain we suffer in this life will cause everyone to make a final choice before meeting the Lord face to face. There is no doubt He wants us to determine one last time for Whom we stand, “Watch out, brothers, so that there won’t be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart that departs from the living God. But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today. For we have become companions of the Messiah if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start. As it is said: Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”Hebrews 3:12-15.

Jesus remains Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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