The Shadow of Shaddai

He who dwells in the shelter of Elyon, will abide in the shadow of Shaddai.

Psalm 91:1 Tree of Life

You know… I don’t know why, but I never expected to live in the time of The Pale Horse.

I knew about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse–War, Famine, Death, and Pestilence.

But I always believed, somewhere back there in the corners of my mind, that all that really bad stuff, would happen after the Church was raptured from this planet.

I knew it would all happen. Never for a moment doubted that. Whatever the Bible says will happen–will definitely happen.

BUT I thought, “Surely, it wouldn’t be in my time.

Mysteries in Prophecy and False Assumptions

Yet, COVID happened here and now.

What???? The horses of Death and Pestilence now–doing their worst?

(Why did I make these false assumptions?)

The Church has never escaped death and tragedy. Even now, more Christians are being persecuted for their faith and even martyred, than ever recorded before.

Why do we make these foolish (and false) assumptions that we will somehow be exempt?

Asia, Africa, the Middle East

There has never been a more dangerous time to be a professing disciple of Jesus.

I don’t think at this point, anyone would be foolish enough, to believe that the horses of Death and Pestilence are not, right now, riding across the earth.

Even in the small town I live in there have been so many deaths, (per capita,) and sickness, than I have ever seen before.

And, fear.

So much fear.

Yes, definitely an unexpected time in which I find myself.

Which shadow to live in?

Perhaps there is nothing more helpful…

(I have found for myself.)

In this time of shadows, than to go often to my Bible, and read Psalm 91.

And, here is why.

I have decided that I can live in the shadow of fear, or, I can choose to live in the Shadow of Shaddai.

There is a marvelous set of promises that unfold in Psalm 91.

The Shadow of Shaddai

Dwell in the Shelter of Elyon

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of Elyon,
will abide in the shadow of Shaddai.
I will say of Adonai,
“He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.
For He will rescue you from the hunter’s trap
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His feathers,
and under His wings you will find refuge.
His faithfulness is body armor and shield.
You will not fear the terror by night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the plague that stalks in darkness,
    nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side,
and ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look on with your eyes
and see the wicked paid back.
For you have made Elyon your dwelling,
    even Adonai, who is my refuge,
10 so no evil will befall you
    nor any plague come near your tent.
11 For He will give His angels charge over you,
to guard you in all your ways.

12 Upon their hands they will lift you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
trample the young lion and serpent.

14 “Because he has devoted his love to Me,
    I will deliver him.
I will set him securely on high,
    because he knows My Name.
15 When he calls on Me, I will answer him.
I will be with him in trouble, rescue him, and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him salvation.”

Unexpected Peace & Focused Faith

Though I did not expect the Pale Horse to ride through my life?

It is this psalm, that has helped me to focus my faith on who my Heavenly Father is and the home He is even now providing for me, in heaven.

And that, brings me a blessed peace.

Do I assume I will not get sick? No, of course not. That would be a foolish and false assumption.

But! I take as many “common sense precautions” as I can, and then, with all the unknown and unexpected that will sometimes happen? I choose to dwell under the Shadow of Shaddai.

He is my Father.

His will will be done in my life whatever the outcomes.

And, there? Right there is where my peace is found.

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