Tuesday, August 4

God's Continued Protection

Where do you go when facing affliction, anguish, persecution, challenges, tribulation or difficult circumstances? Do you typically SPRINT to the secret place of refuge under the shadow of the Almighty? Or do you choose to GALLOP FAR AWAY from God and attempt to hide yourself from Him? It is important that we make the correct choice and strategically plan in advance so we are prepared when faced with a difficult decision. It isn't a matter of IF the problems come knocking at our doors. It is a matter of WHEN!

No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you. To keep you in all your ways. Psalm 91:10,11

When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden they made a choice to run and hide from God. God wants to be our refuge. He is our strength, our stronghold and our help in trouble. He has promised us in the scriptures that He will help us if we call upon His name in times of need. He is available to us 24/7 to protect us even when it appears that destruction is encompassing our lives. Those whose faith is shallow will face danger when difficult challenges come upon them. It is easy being a Christian as long as we are on the mountaintop. But what happens when the mountain begins to crumble and we feel as though the world is falling down all around us?

After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to access the damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Startled by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings. She could have flown to safety but refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast. She had been willing to die so that those under the cover of her wings would live.

When times become overwhelming and extremely challenging, do not run FROM GOD, but run TO GOD and avail yourself to the refuge He provides. He is above all our circumstances, all-powerful, unchanging and Lord of heaven and earth.

Hope that you are having an incredible week! I certainly am!! Vacation has been awesome!

Blessings friends!

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