I have several dear friends who are deathly afraid of flying. One of my friends with this fear is flying on Sunday morning. I wrote here a prescription for her Sunday morning devotions this week. The first part of the prescription is from the 91st Psalm. We read, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler” (v. 1, 2, 4 NKJV). The “secret place” here is for the child of God, which my friend is. The promise to dwell in that secret pace is for believers who have a close personal fellowship with God. Dwelling in this secret place is available to all but it’s not experienced by many. Only those who have a deep love for Christ and who seek to live for Christ can experience this promise. The only way you can abide under someone’s shadow is to be close to them. Now I must admit that the Almighty God of the universe can cast a pretty big shadow.
The word “Almighty” has reference to God’s sovereignty and authority that are unseen yet an active and real part of the universe. If I am close enough to the Lord Jesus to be abiding in His shadow I know He’s not going to let anything happen to me that He and I can’t handle together. God makes promises to His people and He commits His own power to see those promises carried out. He will undertake a great and final intervention in order to see His will completed in my life. This is what Paul refers to in the first chapter of Philippians when he writes, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (v. 1, NKJV). Making God our habitation and Jesus Christ our daily companion is the key to moving from fear to faith. The bigger I see God to be in my life the smaller all the things that might create fear in my life become. A proper fear of God is truly the beginning of wisdom.
I’ve flown a lot in the last few years. In 2011 to Israel, 2012 to India and 2013 to Hawaii. One of the questions I ask myself before flying is what’s the worst thing that can happen to me? Well, of course the answer is I could die in a plane crash. But two things I know to be true if that were to happen. First, God allowed it to happen for some greater good that I’m not aware of and secondly, what happens if I die in a plane crash? I go directly to be with the Lord Jesus Christ! And that’s the worst thing that could happen? Remember every breath we take and every moment we live is a gift from God, cherish it and live in it fully in God’s presence. And remember this, you’re a whole lot more likely to die in a car accident than in a plane crash, especially if you drive in New Jersey. But if you’re abiding under the shadow of the Almighty you have no reason to fear.
All Praise to our Great Savior,