10/27/T – The Word, our Shelter and Sustainer

2 Samuel 16:5-23; John 19:23-30; Psalms 119:113-120; Proverbs 26:17

Psalms: “I hate those who are double-minded, but I love your instruction. You are my shelter and my shield; I put my hope in your word. Depart from me, you evil ones, so that I may obey my God’s commands. Sustain me as you promised, and I will live; do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Sustain me so that I can be safe and always be concerned about your statutes. You reject all who stray from your statutes, for their deceit is a lie. You remove all the wicked on earth as if they were dross from metal; therefore, I love your decrees. I tremble in awe of you; I fear your judgments.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:113-120‬ ‭CSB)

As the Apostle Paul explained in Ephesians 6:12, our ultimate struggle is not against flesh and blood people, but against demonic authorities, the powers of darkness, evil, and spiritual forces. He went on to say that for that reason, we need to suit up with the armor of God. Every piece of God’s armor, whether it be truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, etc. – all are founded on the Word of God. In dark, angry, confusing, and uncertain times – like the ones we are living in today – more than ever, we need to be anchored to the word of God. It is our shelter and shield… it sustains us… and it gives us hope. It is able to keep us rooted in God and not be led away by deceit. If we tremble not for the times, but tremble in awe of God and respect His word, will, and ways; we will be kept safe.

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