Free from Harm

“The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.” (Psalm 121:5-6)

I always thought it would be nice to have a personal assistant who would keep my schedule, order my day based on my priorities, and especially file my paperwork away when I was done with it. Although it never turned out that way, I do have someone at my “right hand” that I can trust to help and support me in all I do. That, of course, is the Lord. 
 
Storms will come and go, and some of these storms blow by without much fanfare while others can be life-threatening. So, where do you turn when the storms of life come your way? Does it seem like it’s just you against the storm, or do you have a “partner” with the wherewithal to always give you the help you need? With the Lord at your right hand, you have no reason to fear harm when you call upon Him.
 
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18)
 
Prayer changes things. God will hear the prayer of His people. He may not choose to answer the prayer in the way you would like, but it will always be the best answer. He is not only all-knowing; He is also all-wise and all-powerful. Since God makes no mistakes, you can take refuge in your God when you place your petitions before Him.
 
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)
 
Over the years, I have changed my perception of how God fits into my life. My first mental realignment was to realize that God not only transcends my circumstances, He is also present with me through my circumstances. I was able to see Him as my “co-pilot” wherever life was going. He was always with me, just waiting to be called upon for help.
 
I later began to understand that God’s purpose is less about being my help in times of trouble and more about allowing me to join Him as He redeems a lost world. He wants me to realign my life to fit His ordained purpose for saving me. I am in fact His “co-pilot.” 
 
Who is in the driver’s seat in your relationship with God? How you answer that will determine how much you will enjoy resting in the shadow of the Almighty.
 
By Jim Connell

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