THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A few years ago, my son, Bobby took his son, Ethan deer hunting.
Bobby had, as always, taken great care to see that Ethan stayed with him at all times.
They were sitting in the stand, and Ethan was being surprisingly quiet for 7 years of age. A spike came out. It was not the one Bobby wanted, but he shot him. Ethan still wouldn't say anything, but he kept "poking" Bobby with his finger as if to say, "Let's go get him Dad!"
After a few minutes they got out of the stand and headed toward the spike. But the big buck, a 4-pointer, that Bobby had been looking for suddenly appeared, head lowered and CHARGING! Bobby quickly stepped in front of Ethan, and shot the deer. Thankfully, he dropped him with the first shot.
He checked the big one to see that he was dead, then, turned around to go back where the spike had fallen. When he turned, he saw Ethan, kneeling beside the big buck with his knife pointing toward him. Ethan said, "I TOLD you not to mess with my dad!"
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.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
Perhaps Jesus was referring to the Scripture above when He made His "triumphal march" into Jerusalem the week before He was crucified.
He said, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" (Matthew 23:37)
When I was a boy, we lived with Grandma and Grandpa in the country.
I remember Grandma's "chicken yard."
When a storm would come up, you could see the hens clucking to their "bitties."
The baby chicks would run up to their mother, and the mother would spread her wings and cover them.
When we live in obedience to our Lord, He speaks to us and calls us under His PROTECTION!!
His Word will protect us from the "fowler" -- the devil.
His Word will plant in our hearts a spirit of "love and power" and not of "fear."
His Word gives us realization that death is not the end, it is a door to the fullness of His Presence and joy.
May we LISTEN to God's Word today, and remain under His PROTECTION!
Remember, the devil trembles at the sight of a man on his knees!