Bible Reading: â€œHe that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him I trust.â€ (Psalm 91:1-2)
In these perilous times, there are few Christian commodities more important for us to possess than confidence. With the world, the flesh and the devil daily chipping away at our spiritual poise in a relentless attempt to unnerve us, we often feel like weâ€™re holding on to our faith white-knuckled. Dangers and perils to the right of us, temptations and trials to the left of us. In the midst of it all, how are we to exhibit to a world aflame the unshakable faith once and for all delivered to the saints?
Just as birds fly to the thicket, foxes run to their holes and every creature hastens to its refuge in the hour of danger, Christians should flee to Jehovah at the first inkling of fear. As the Apostle Paul admonished us, â€œBe [fearful about] nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesusâ€ (Philippians 4:6-7).
The attributes of â€œthe Almightyâ€ offer the Christian a security and peace not provided by the worldâ€™s foremost fortresses. No moat, drawbridge, battlement or wall can guarantee us such protection and peace, a protection and peace only afforded to those who â€œsay of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress.â€ Only those of us who can say that the Lord is our God and that we trust in Him will ever know the incomprehensible inner-peace of Godâ€™s protection in these perilous times of the last days.
Notice, it is only those in continuous close-fellowship with Godâ€”abiding under His shadowâ€”that will rest so securely in Him as their shelter. The closer we get to the Almighty the more confident we will become, regardless of the sundry and severe calamities surrounding us. How can we who know the Almighty intimately and are insulated under his shadow any longer be intimidated by anything?
â€œThe sight of any trouble strikes terror into the heart of those who do not have faith, but those who trust Him say, â€˜Here comes my food!â€™â€ (Watchman Nee)