Today, as I waited on the Lord, I saw a vision of a huge arm pulling a small child close. The arm was so big and the child was so very small that it shielded every part of this vulnerable child.
Then I began to hear the words from Psalm 91,
“He 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 will I trust.”
In Him I will trust! Often as we grow from childhood to adulthood, we feel a sense of independence and begin to take the burdens of life, provision, and responsibilities for others upon ourselves. Though we must work hard and be responsible, we must not become independent from the care of our Father. We are fully dependent for every good thing. We must take only His light burden upon ourselves and know that He has a future and hope for us.
As we look at some of the things that men and women of God in the Bible did, we must realize that they were able to do these things only because they were yielded and surrendered to Him.
Moses could not have delivered the Jews from the captivity of Egypt had he not yielded to allowing God to move through his life. Abraham had to yield to see the promises of God made manifest in his life. Mary had to yield to carry the task of being the mother to our Messiah.
In all these examples, and many more, their yielding was their obedience to surrender to God’s will rather than their own. God often asks us to do the impossible, but our response and responsibility in the request is to first yield by saying yes. Then we surrender even deeper by allowing ourselves to become fully dependent, and in doing so, we enter into a trust that shatters natural fears.
…I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
We shall not fear because we dwell in the secret place, under the mighty arm of our God.
“Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.” Psalms 91:5-12
Like the child in my vision, who was vulnerable while left alone but fully shielded as he was drawn near, so are we left vulnerable to the battle unless we allow our lives to be drawn under the shadow of His wing and trust with childlike faith in His faithfulness.
Once again I am taken back to Zechariah 3 where Joshua the high priest did nothing but stand while the Lord did for him what he could not possibly do for himself. Today we stand in the silence of perfect trust, of surrender, and of protection. We allow His wing to be like the white linen that covers our nakedness and protects us from the battle.
We shall not fear for He is our refuge!
“The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”” Psalms 91:14-16
These are His words to His children. We are honored and rescued…we are saved!
The Lord led me to read out of 1 Kings 18. This chapter tells the story of when the prophets of Baal challenged Elijah as to "who is God?"; Baal or the God of Elijah. They both set up offerings and then called on their Gods to send fire upon the altar.
As I recounted how Elijah made his altar impossible to be consumed by fire (by pouring water on it, putting water trenches around it, etc) I thought of all the "impossibilities" that are even now upon many of the lives of God's people. Maybe we are in a time that God will prove Himself to every false god and false prophet.
The prophets of Baal shouted to their god, they cut themselves until blood gushed out, they pounded their chests and yet their god did nothing. But Elijah drenched his offering with water and then prayed this prayer,
"O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
Then after his prayer, fire fell and consumed his offering