“For the Scriptures say, He orders his angels to protect you. And they will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.” (Matthew 4:6)
“If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling.” (Psalms 91:9-10)
How often we miss the amazing promises that God has for us. Jesus is our example, yet we fail to follow Him in all things. This section of scripture is often overlooked as Satan uses it for His own purposes, but Jesus understood it’s true worth.
We often see this scripture in the new testament gospels during the temptation of Jesus. When being tempted, Jesus refutes the Devil with the word of God. The Devil is crafty and tries to use scripture to twist God’s word and to get Jesus to sin. However, Jesus had more than just the word of God, but the Spirit that leads to all truth. The word without God, or His Spirit is worthless. The scripture used by Satan is so much more powerful when seen under God’s light.
This scripture comes from the psalms and is a ‘prayer of Moses, the man of God’. Psalms 91:9-10 comes as two verses before the scripture used by Satan. Amazingly, this scripture applies to us also, not only Jesus. Jesus was an example of God’s promises fulfilled, and the promises available to His children. Both Moses and Jesus understood that if you make the Lord your refuge and shelter, you could always trust Him to rescue you. Not only that, but He was a constant shield from all evil.
I love this promise of God, where His angels will protect you wherever you go. Let us be cautious though, as we learn more from Jesus. His response to Satan when being tempted was ‘ The Scriptures also say, Do not test the Lord your God.’ Making the Lord your refuge and shelter requires giving up everything for His will. Part of His will entails suffering for His Name’s sake, to glorify Him in your lives. Jesus understood this and in fact He lived it. Every part of His life echoed God’s will.
So we see the promise is for those who are living in God’s will, who follow God’s lead and trust Him to open the way through life. Do not misuse God’s promise, testing the Lord where His refuge and protection are no longer yours, out of God’s will.
Let us celebrate rather as Moses did. Let us truly live as Jesus, making the Lord our refuge. We are yours Lord. May we live in constant fellowship with you, worshipping in Spirit and in truth. For
‘this I declare of the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him.’