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Looking For A Little Shade?

Psalm 121:5

The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand…

RayMcDIt has been a hot summer. Not extremely hot – but hot none-the-less. We’ve only had one day over 100 in our area – but a number of days in the upper 90’s for sure. I’ve had to work in the heat some (nothing like those who work in the heat every day or on roofs in this heat) and it can get to you after a while [I’ve also played some golf in the heat in the afternoon and that is hard too :)]. Finding shade is usually a relief in heat like this summer has produced. Finding a tree or a tall building or even an umbrella seems to bring some relief – a break from the scorching sun. Even wearing a hat with a nice brim brings some relief.

Life at times is hard. I know – for some that is an understatement and for some – even most of us in the Western Hemisphere of our world – we don’t fully understand just how hard life can be at times. But I repeat myself – life is hard at times. We all need rest and peace. We all need down time – shade from the heat of a hard day if I might go there. Some of us take power naps (a good 15 minutes and I’m good for the rest of the day). Some of us take numerous coffee breaks (and drink lots of coffee to help us get through hard days). Some of us live for the clock to strike the end of a hard day at work. Our shade is often returning home – while some have it hard at home as well.

Today’s passage speaks about the Lord being our shade – our rest. Here it is in partial context. Psalm 121:1–8 – I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

In life – where do we turn for shade – for relief from the heat of the day? The Psalmist turned his eyes toward the mountains – upward – toward the heavens. He knew his help – his shade – comes from the Lord. God watches everything and watches over us. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

If we’re looking for a little shade as life brings the heat – turn toward God – the Lord of heaven and earth. When the election season gets too hard – remember that we serve One who is greater than the USA or the #POTUS. When our health is not what we would want – remember the great physician is Jesus. When our marriage is not going well – and we need some shade – some help – turn your hearts toward the One who can do all things! When our denomination doesn’t agree with us on some doctrinal or social issue – or if they agree with us but some bishops – pastors and congregations don’t – remember that God is greater than any denomination! When life is hard – and we need shade from the heat – turning to God is more than the Sunday School answer – it is the only real answer that will work!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 11, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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