THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Tim and Jim were twins who lived in the country.
They had a "secret" hideout in the woods, just beyond the fence which bordered the pasture.
Their father bought a new bull.
Tim and Jim decided they would "test" the new bull.
Tim was appointed to step out into the pasture and see if the bull would chase him.
If the bull DID chase him, he was supposed to run back to the "secret" hideout.
When Tim stepped out into the pasture, nothing happened.
He walked further. Still nothing. He walked further.
After he had walked about 100 yards from the fence, the bull began to come after him!
The old bull's head was down, and he was snorting violently through his nostrils.
Involuntarily, Tim's body FROZE!
Jim was on the other side of the fence yelling.
"RUN Tim, RUN!"
Tim began running. Just as he approached the fence, Jim yelled:
"SLIDE Tim, SLIDE!"
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Here is a principle that all believers need to grasp:
When we REMAIN in the closeness of the Lord, we come under His divine protection.
God is the "most High," the "Almighty," the “LORD”, and “GOD.”
He is powerful enough to protect His people.
God is our "refuge."
When the world becomes difficult, we can take a "time out," and be alone with God.
He will understand, and He will apply the comforting of His Holy Spirit to our soul.
God is our "fortress."
When we come to Him with our problems, He is not only our solace, He is also our protection.
The power of His closeness shields us from the tragedies of life.
I was raised in the country. We had chickens.
When it would begin to cloud up, mother hens would cluck to the young chicks, and they would run under the "wings" of the mother.
This was their protection from the thunder, lightning and rain.
Christians should be like those chicks.
We should constantly remain in close communion with God.
Then we remain in the PROTECTION of God!
God is our protection from the "fowler," or the "bird catcher" (the devil).
Now, where is this "secret place," this "shadow of the Almighty?"
The Hebrew word for "secret place" is cether, which (in this context) means tent.
Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God (Hebrews 1:3).
He is the "body" which is the tabernacle (or tent) of God's dwelling place (Colossians 2:9).
He is the "Hen" Who called Jerusalem to Him (Matthew 23:37).
He is always calling for us to remain close to Him!