Wednesday in the Word
Hello! I am back with you this week with another verse from Psalms. As I mentioned last week, the class I'm taking is delving very deep into studying the Psalms, which is great because I'm reading Psalms on my own, as well. This post is on a verse that I've been meditating on on my own, and I wanted to share it with you :)
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.' For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence." - Psalms 91:1-3
At times when I feel like life is "unfair", I go to God, asking "WHY?" Why me, why this situation, why? But honestly, that is a really self-centered and arrogant way of looking at the situation. Why not? Why can't it be me? We each go through different trials and obstacles at any given time. It's not something that is avoidable, whether we are believers or not. If not me, then someone else will go through this situation. If not me, then I will not learn from and grow in the way that God has intended for me.
As Christians, it's hard to accept and remember that being sheltered by God means that we also need to accept that there are still going to be trials. Every roof of any shelter casts shadows, but it is still better than being without a roof, right? This doesn't lessen God's love, sovereignty, and goodness, but simply shows how all-encompassing His love, sovereignty, and goodness are. Even within the darkest of times, we are still in his shelter, being protected. He is the Head of House, and He knows exactly what is going on, and is managing everything that goes on. We can explicitly see this in the book of Job, as God allows Satan to challenge Job's faith. Even when Job is at his lowest point, asking why God is doing this to him, he holds true to his faith, despite his friends' beliefs that this is punishment. Through this struggle, God is able to reveal to Job where his faith is weak, and remind him that he's just a man. In His infinite wisdom and divinity, God owes no explanation as man cannot understand. He then heals Job and returns to him double of his losses.
At times, we might not understand why God is allowing something to happen, but we don't have to. Maybe it is just a game He is playing in the moment with Satan. Maybe not. We don't get to pick and choose what we learn from to strengthen ourselves as human beans and as believers; God has handpicked our trials to push us closer to Him, and to stretch our faith. However, in trusting God, we can also know that He will keep us away from "the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence". Obviously, believers may also get murdered or fall ill from deadly diseases, but through Christ, we are safe. Even if we leave this world in some horrific manner, we have the promise of Heaven, and we have an eternity of no suffering. That is the promise of Christ, not that we are going to lead a perfectly simple life.