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Our Light and Shield

August 5, 2013

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It is nothing new for Christians to feel alone in the world. When we are at our lowest point, the light seems to become too dim to see beyond our sorrow and worry. As the world becomes bold against followers of God today, we can look back through history to see some of God’s most trusted people challenged by the same feelings.Shield

  • Lot fled Sodom and watched his wife turn to salt.
  • Noah building an ark for a hundred years
  • Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Hosea, Ezekiel … all charged with warning a sinful nation
  • Elijah fled Jezebel
  • The first century Christians under attack in Rome

As David was fleeing his own son, we get a look at how that felt in Psalm 3:1-2. We also see that he knew God’s track record for protecting his children. God is and always has been there as a shield and as a shoulder to cry on. (Psalm 3:3-4) He delivers those who use him this way – those who awaken in his sustaining light to turn the tables on the darkness out there. (Psalm 3:5-6)

Walk in the Light, Carry Your Sword

God's Light prevails against all

God’s Light prevails against all

John spoke to this too. Those in true fellowship with God are walking in the light. (1 John 1:5-7) Light swallows the darkness or makes it shrink into the corners. Like those mentioned above, if we can remember to use the light and use our shield we can turn the tables on the many. True children of God are easy to spot, and they make the others uncomfortable. (1 John 3:7-10)

God has given us what we need for strength, comfort and protection. God will light our way. The challenge is to become so good with God’s word that it becomes second nature to turn to it as a guide.

Daily Bible reading for August 5

Psalm 3
Judges 15
Jeremiah 31
Hebrews 13:20-25

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