June 13

He will cover you with his pinions and under his wings you will find refuge. Psalm 91:4 

If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 NKJV

Have you seen a mother hen with her brood of cute little chicks? She stays with them, hovers over them and protects them from danger. If it is cold they can snuggle in under her feathers and be warm; if it is raining, they can stay dry under those feathers. Of a mother duck, she moves along with the ducklings lined up and following her across land or swimming in a lake. When needed, she too keeps those wings over her ducklings. Or if the ducklings are lost – say down one of those grates in a road? Again we have a news story of how she stays there calling attention to them until the rescuers appear, get her ducklings out for her, and they are reunited at the nearby lake. All birds do this – they have wings and nests and keep their young safe, they are truly a place of refuge. This is the same for us, Psalm 91 tells us that God will use “pinions” – that is the outer part of the wing that is comprised of the flight feathers, to cover us. He will give us refuge under His wings.  

Paul in Romans concludes the 8th chapter with the verse we have above, followed by his reasoning as to why this is true. Go ahead and read Romans 8:31-39 – it is a great summary of the refuge and protection we have from the God who loves us. Paul reasons that if God is for us who could possibly be against us, or do anything against us. First of all in verse 32 he says that since God gave us His only son, the greatest gift of all, He certainly will give us everything else we need. Then in verse 33 Paul says that God has already declared believers righteous, so how could anyone when a court case with God as judge? Plus we will not be condemned, and finally nothing can separate us from God’s love in Jesus Christ. (verses 34, 35-39)

God does not abandon us in our times of troubles. We may, at times, feel far from God but I have heard that it is not God who moved away, but we who did the moving. He is still there loving us and waiting with pinions and wings ready to cover us, to protect us. No matter what troubles we may encounter, or the fears we may have, we can take comfort in knowing that we are under God’s protection. His love and care are more than a match for anything that comes out way.

O God, we are grateful that you are for us in every circumstance of life. In you all our needs are met. Even in times of great storms we can find refuge with you. Nothing can stop your love for us. Forgive our doubts and fears. Help us live in the promise and protection of your forgiving love and grace. Give us boldness to proceed to do your will and share your love with others. Amen 

Chris Gabel