There is something that we all suffer from. Don’t deny it…it’s WORRY. We used to have a running joke in my family that I was the “champion worrywort” next to my grandfather, dad, and then me. I worried about what I should wear…girls gotta look good. I worried about walking down a dark path…someone would attack me, I worried about being in the wilderness…I might fall (I don’t like to fall). I worried about the money…want to be independent. Most of these worries still plague me today but I’m tired of this getting in my way.
The question is this, “Why do I put myself through this?” Do you realize, friends, what really is behind this? It is fear of what is waiting for you around the corner, which is a lack of trust. I have started a study of Psalm 91 and realize that God has provided a way for me to build my trust in Him. It is His Umbrella of Protection. Just in the first two verses I realize I haven’t spent the time He wants from me. It is so easy to get side-tracked with all the busyness of the day. From this day forward, I choose forever more to make Him my first priority. I know I have talked about living a moment-by-moment life with Him, but it is hard to stick to it. No more excuses…He will be my first thought upon rising and my last thought when I retire for the night.
Now let’s look at the second verse. He wants me to open up to Him with all my hurts, fears, and disappointments. It’s silly to think that I can hide anything from God. He knows everything about me, so why not go ahead and open my heart and my words to Him?
Once the first step is established in your life, the next step for this protection is to say what is troubling you. Say this: “Lord, You are my refuge—You are my fortress—You are my Lord and my God! In You I put my total trust!” When facing that challenge learn to say, “In this particular situation of ________(name it out loud), I choose to trust you, Lord.” Is that really so hard? It shouldn’t be.
“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!” I look forward to my continual study of His Word and I want you to get excited and accept God’s protection…all you have to do is act on it.