May we be found operating in the offices of our royal Priesthood, 1Peter 2:9-10, by interceding for others during these tragic days.
From death due to drugs, to devastating weather, causing flooding to tornados, to Mass murderers to the murder of one life. All share one thing in common, we are living in evil days.
May this devotion encourage you the faith while bringing us to our knees for the souls of humanity. That they may come to know the One who longs to become their Sun and their Shield.
Psalm 84:11-12 — “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!”
We live at a time when school shootings are becoming commonplace. Just this past Monday, 3/27/23, three 9-year-olds and three adults, 60-61 years of age, were killed by a 28-year-old woman who was a former student of the Christian school which she entered with the intention to murder.
But we, as those whose trust in God, have the Lord as our Sun and our shield. We turn to Him to comfort and warm our hearts and the hearts of others. As we pray, He keeps our hearts from growing hard and cold due to the evil in this world.
We turn to Him who is our Light, that darkness does not pull us in. Instead, darkness is caused to flee from the Light that comes from thinking with God according to what is written.
We turn to our impenetrable Shield that surrounds our hearts and minds. We turn to the One who gives grace for the present hour in which we live. We turn to Him and His unbreakable promises of the glory to come.
He, in His infinite wisdom and unconditional love, promises not to withhold any “good thing,” from those who walk uprightly. For they are called, “Blessed.”
Blessed, not because all is right in this evil world. But because our trust and confidence is in God and in God alone.
And we know that we can rely confidently upon God for our good and for the glory to come.