Reflection March 12

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. 

Psalm 91:9-12  NLT


The first thing that came to my mind when reflecting on these verses was, “Didn’t Satan use these verses when tempting Jesus?” But then I thought, “He didn’t get the whole picture- he missed the verses before and after.”

The comfort that I find in this passage is that God is our shelter and refuge, even in times of difficultly or evil. The psalmist does not say that we will not experience evil, but that “no evil will conquer [us]”. There is an active part we play in this role, namely making the Most High God our shelter and refuge, instead of dwelling on the negative.

I am an optimist – just ask my wife – but I have to admit that I play out the worst case scenarios in my head a lot of the time. You might be able to relate if you have children or have ever cared for children - the other day our little girl Julia fell down the stairs, and I had terrible visions of what I would find when I got home. Thankfully, she was just bumped a little and no major damage.

Don’t we too often forget of the LORD’s protection and providence? Not just physically with our loved ones, but with our future, health, finances, relationships, and even conflicts and struggles. I know for me it is a battle to trust Jesus moment by moment. I want control, and lots of it! However, taking refuge in the LORD has meant waiting at times, and seeking His heart in times of uncertainty. As much as I want to protect and provide, it is ultimately me putting my trust in God to do those things for my family.

May we all in this Lenten season, be able to see how God is already protecting us, and be able to thank Him for providing a place of refuge for us in any circumstance. Even though Satan might try to trick us with half-truths, a clear view of God and his heart will protect us wherever we go. 

Rob Marshall