Living in Florida and being from California, I’m quite used to the sun. In fact I used to crave the sun. However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve become less partial to the hot sun. I have to have my sunglasses whenever sunlight is present, and I love me some shade on a sunny day.
Did you realize that God actually shades us from the hot sun? Not only does He shade us, He also protects us from the moon crashing to the earth. God perfectly designed Earth to be the exact distance from the sun to provide us what we need from it. He also put the moon into orbit at the perfect point so Earth’s gravitational pull would not allow the moon to collide with Earth.
So when did I become an astronomer? I didn’t, but I am a student of the Bible:
“The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.” (Psalm 121:5-6)
When Jesus was entering Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover for the last time with His disciples, He looked upon that historical city and let it be known what it had missed:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37)
Jesus wants to protect His bride with a divine overshadowing that keeps us safe from eternal harm. While we might experience trials and tribulations, even tragedy, Christ our Savior desires that we place our lives under His covering.
However, like Jerusalem we reject those that Christ sends to us. Skeptics scoff at the Bible as a book of fairy tales written by deluded men. The truth is the Bible is God’s manual to us on how we are to live our daily lives. Instead of fearing those who want to make public policy based on Biblical principles, we should embrace those time-tested truths with the understanding that it is God’s best for us.
“And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, that I may plant the heavens, lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’” (Isaiah 51:16)
While our nation crumbles before our very eyes, we stumble around in the darkness looking for our salvation in fallen men and women, many of them who have rejected Biblical truth for pragmatic quick fixes that always end up in failure.
America has come to the point that any mention of Biblical principles in the public arena is met with howls of separation of church and state and hysterical accusations of attempting to establish a theocracy. Both comments are absurd on the surface and are conversations for another time. Nevertheless, God’s plan for mankind is for us to rely upon Him and not ourselves:
“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.” (Psalm 57:1)
Dear friend, what calamity are you facing today? No matter what it may be, you do not have to feel the heat of trouble on your own. You can find heavenly shade in the wings of the Lord Jesus Christ. He will overshadow you with divine protection and guidance and show you that your future is bright no matter the outcome of what you are facing today.
Do not try to deal with your personal issues on your own. You cannot overcome them and you do not have to. They have already been overcome. The King of kings has taken the burden upon Himself so we can trust our souls in His mercy.
All we have to do is cry out to Him.
He’s waiting on you, right now.
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