When we think of the word protection, we are likely inclined to visualize images of being shielded from physical trauma or emotional distress. In fact, many of our own personal actions are driven by our innate need to be kept safe from harm. As our society evolves in an active and disturbing evolution away from God, without His peace, we are susceptible to being overwhelmed by the world’s seeming chaos and disorder. As such, there is an increasing spiritual imperative for every child of God to draw closer to Him. In Psalm 91, the psalmist David assures us of God’s limitless ability to protect us. Interestingly, the protection described here is not one in which we gather our ammunition and stay guard at our doors, nor is it the type of protection in which we isolate ourselves to eliminate the possibility of emotional hurt from others. This protection emanates from abiding in the presence of God.
Your protection is in the secret place. It is in the secret place that God covers all who love and put their trust in Him. The secret place is the atmosphere you create in your relationship with God to commune with Him through prayer. It is there that we experience his love and peace (Philippians 4:6-7). The secret place is a permanent meeting location established by God to ensure that our dwelling with him is uninterrupted. It is during our time with Him in the secret place that he relieves our fears and subsequently our faith is strengthened. He has already made eternal provision for our protection by nestling us under his shadow. Have you taken note that a shadow is generally larger than the object from which the light is cast? A shadow is bigger than an object, the closer it is to the source of the light. Since we know that God is light, the imagery of the shadow appropriately reminds us that the Lord is bigger than any challenge we will face and there is enough room for all of us to find comfort and peace under the shadow of the Almighty.
-Dr. Ronda E. George