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.
(Psalm 91:9-10, NLT)
When I was a youth, my parents would reward me with cash if I scored an ‘A’ in my school subjects. It sounds like a good plan, but I don’t remember receiving any. Not because they broke their promise. It’s because I failed to achieve that grade. Mom and dad have good intentions, and they hope to motivate me in that space.
The moral of the story sits on the word, IF. It is a tiny word made up of two alphabets, but it is a powerful word. It has the power to control circumstances, and it brings about a specific outcome. It implies a set of terms and conditions. For example, I will receive a cash award if I score an ‘A’ in my study.
Nearly every home in places with regular tornadoes and hurricanes have an underground bunker. It’s built to cover the members of the household or the community. When a natural disaster strikes, it will shelter the people only if they choose to stay in the bunker. The choice is theirs to make.
Our journey of faith in and with God often is determined by this power word, IF. Almost everything recorded in the Bible ties to a set of terms and conditions. I believe it is God’s wisdom to work around the concept of free will. The reason is that He respects our choices, and He would not cross the line. Since He created us a free-will agent, so He would honour His word.
God desires to protect us from all harms and dangers. He sets His heart to become a shelter and a refuge for us. By doing so, no evil will conquer us; no plagues could come near our family and loved ones. All these are God’s promises and good intentions. We only get to experience them if only we make the Lord as our refuge, and the Most High our shelter.
In moving forward, let us study and meditate on the Word of God carefully. Let us put on a magnifying glass and take heed to all the terms and conditions. Let the principle of IF work for us.
Reading reference: Matthew 10:39
Let us pray:
Dear God, I thank You for giving me such an insight into Your word. Starting from today, I will pay close attention to Your word, especially the power word — IF. I ask for wisdom, understanding and self-control so I can apply the Word the best way I could. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen!