Most of us don’t live on farms.
Wikipedia tells us that fewer than two percent of Americans live on farms. In 2012, according to USDA records, slightly over 3 million Americans were directly employed in agriculture.
So, we need to talk about chickens for a minute.
Mother chickens (hens) are very protective of their chicks. They will peck intruders repeatedly and cover their chicks with their wings in the event of rain or other harm.
A visiting minister at First Assembly of God Church in Azle, Texas, told of a barnyard he visited after a fire swept through the area. The ground and buildings were blackened and desolate. He kicked aside a charred lump in his way, and out scampered a clutch of chicks.
The mother had protected her chicks at the cost of her own life.
Psalm 91:4-6 reveals the protecting hand of God, our Father.
“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”
Here are four things we can take away from this passage:
1. God is there for us when the fires of destruction blow our way.
2. His hand will lift us up and give strength to our arms.
3. The darkness is banished from around us, and its fear is scattered with the wind.
4. No bad thing can hurt us when we trust in Jesus as our refuge and guide.
Let’s turn to God before we turn to man. Let’s fall to our knees and share our concerns and needs with God in prayer. He wants to defend us and keep us from harm.
God is our shield and our buckler, and in him, we cannot fail.
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