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Prayer Post for the Week July 23 – Resting In The Shadow of The Almighty

July 23, 2012

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  (Psalm 91:1)

Many times I have prayed that I might rest in the shadow of my Almighty Father.  During difficult days as a mother and wife, when the mountain of to-do’s just never seem to get “ta-done.”  I have grown weary and asked the Lord for rest and shelter.  My idea of rest and shelter is probably an uninterrupted nap or a few minutes of quiet to drink a cup of tea, but there were times in the Bible when resting in the shadow was a life or death situation.  God with an outstretched arm protected His beloved children from certain death.

One of my favorite examples of resting in the shadow of Almighty is during the Exodus.

By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way…  Exodus (13:21a)

Picture this, the Israelites have just left Egypt.  They have no idea where they are going, how they will get there, or how long it will take.  Walking through the desert are some 600,000 men, women (some pregnant some nursing,) toddlers struggling to keep up, old people who don’t want to move at all, and herds and herds of animals.  This is not a small and mobile group of travelers.  It’s hot in the desert and they can’t move quickly through it.  There is no shade.  God in His infinite mercy provides a pillar of cloud to guide them by day.  A merciful CLOUD to shade them from the heat of the desert sun.  Living proof of the Lord’s love and provision right before their eyes.  They were living in the shadow of the Almighty!

We know this cloud was a pillar of fire at night (Exodus 13:21b.)  In the complete darkness of the desert night God provided light and warmth to His children, allowing them to bask in the warmth of His presence.  Think about a campfire on a cold evening.  People love sitting around a cheery little flame to stay warm and drive away the darkness.  Imagine now the pillar of fire of God’s presence!

What I find amazing is what happens right at the climax of the story, when the Israelites are cornered between the Red Sea and Pharoah’s army.  The Bible says,

Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them.  The pillar of cloud also moved in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel.  Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.  (Exodus 14:19-20)

God provided a separation between His children and the enemy.  He never left them in darkness, but He did blind the eyes of the unbelievers.  God’s mighty presence was with children of Israel, they were physically in the shadow of the Almighty.

Beloved, we have the privilege of physically being in the shadow of the Almighty.  It’s not just words that we speak when are desperate for rest.  No, it’s an awareness that God is with us in every moment and He is leading us and standing between us and our enemies.

Pray with me this week.

Father, you are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7)  Thank you for opportunities to rest in Your shadow.  Help me to not grow weary, but to walk this week with an awareness of the pillar of your presence.

In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 28, 2012 8:41 am

    Thank you for sharing this for I REALLY needed to hear this. I just discovered you and your blog is such a blessing thank you.

    Blessings in Him<

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