Today's Mental Image:
Many of Us Act as if
We Can Get Along Just Fine Without a Lord
-Because of our pride, or affluence, or independence, or a thousand other reasons, many of us act as if we can get along just fine without the Lord. For years we've put up a sign that says to God, "KEEP OUT! Keep out of our government. Keep out of our communities, businesses, and entertainment. Keep out of our schools. Keep out of our families. Keep out of our lives!"
And God is gracious. He doesn't force His way into places where we have not invited Him. He politely leaves us alone, taking His shield of protection and peace with Him. The psalmist informs us that "the shields of the earth belong to God" (Psalm 47:9, nkjv). When those shields are removed, we face the fury of life's storms on our own.
Yet God does not abandon us. He keeps His promise: "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). Even during the storms, He stands just to the side, ever watchful, waiting to embrace us the moment we again seek His presence. His words to Jeremiah apply to us all: "Call to me and I will answer you" (Jeremiah 33:3).
by Shirley Dobson
Certain Peace In Uncertain Times