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

What a marvelous picture of God’s grace – to rest in His shadow. This time of year in Europe makes us forget about the summer heat – it is already cold. In these days we think of standing in the sun to warm up rather than resting in the shade to cool down. But Israel is an arid and hot land, and in all such places shade represents comfort.

We rest in Christ. It is a matter of faith, that we can take all of our sins, all of our worries, relationships, responsibilities, and even our plans and dreams and leave them in His hands, resting in the comfort of His love. The author of Hebrews especially wanted the believers he was writing to to know of the power of resting in God.

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. (Heb. 4:9-10)

How can we rest in the shadow of the Almighty? How can we rest from the frustrations of our failures and the sense of frustration that so many things bring us on this earth?

We do this by trusting that He has forgiven us freely, entirely, and justly through the grace of God in Christ. Our past failures should not bother us any more. We can simply rest in the shade of the cross.

We do this by trusting in His Word – the very next verses of Hebrews 4 speak about the power of the Word of God. We can let the devotional meaning of the Word of God speak to our hearts. Many who insist on how much they believe the Bible do not spend much time actually meditating on it. So their words of support for the Bible’s truth sound empty and tension-filled due to the fact that they are not using it in their own lives.

We do this by surrendering circumstances, relationships, and responsibilities in His hands. God will surely be there to protect us and help us If we exist under the authority of His Lordship, then His shadow should give us freedom and relief from all the frustrations and pains of this world. Simple obedience and trust are the things that bring us into the confidence of God.

We also do this by worshiping Him, realizing how great and awesome God truly is. If we can rest in Him, we can empty our hearts from the tension, fear, and worries of this life. Are you resting in God’s shadow? He watches over us. Christ said:

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Luke 12:5-7)

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