Today I am participating in a Devotional Carnival on the topic of stability , hosted by Rachel Olsen of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Please check out Rachel’s blog and enjoy getting to know her and enjoy finding links to other devotions on stability!
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold, from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11
The word “stable” is defined by Dictionary.com as “not likely to fall or give way, firmly established” and “resistant to sudden change or deterioration.” Isn’t the security that stability offers something we all long for in our lives? We want to be sure our spouse’s love will be forever, sure that our children will turn out well, sure of good health, and sure of our employment. The world can sometimes leave us feeling empty, unfulfilled, and disappointed when our hopes for stability are dashed. That’s when we must step outside of ourselves and into the shadow of the Almighty. Only the Lord God can offer us the stability we seek.
The key verse tells us that God is a sun. There is nothing in our physical world that is more sure than the sun. It rises every morning in the east and sets every evening in the west. We can count on it! Even on cloudy days, the sun is still there. I remember one time flying out of a New York airport in overcast weather and when the plane passed through the dark clouds on our ascent, the sun was shining bright and happy above! Bathing in the sunlight, it was hard for me to even remember that we had actually left minutes earlier in rain!
As the sun is the source of light, God is our source of light. Light scatters darkness and reveals the truth. Think about it…if you go into your kitchen late at night and flip on the light, immediately the truth of that room hits you, whether it’s a sink full of dirty dishes, a bug crawling across the floor, or a neat and tidy space. That light is going to clearly reveal what’s there. That’s what Jesus does for us. The light of his holiness reveals our sinfulness and reminds us to seek His forgiveness. Like the sun, God is always there (even when we don’t see Him) and He is our light which provides truth, guidance, and wisdom.
God is also our shield. A shield is an instrument of protection that is worn on the front of the body. It protects the one behind it against arrows, swords, and other evil. Like a shield, when we hide behind God, He will take the hits for us. He allows nothing to happen to us outside of His will. Everything that happens to us is filtered through His loving hands. We can rest in the stability of knowing that God goes before us and He is with us (Deuteronomy 31:8). We are not alone or defenseless when it comes to battling the things of the world because God is our shield, our defender and protector. Even when bad things do happen to us, we have endless access to His provision, power, presence, and peace.
When we go through trials and losses, the best thing to do is examine ourselves in God’s light and hide ourselves in Him. He will give to us His grace and glory and not withhold any good thing from us! Now that’s Sun and Shield stability!