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Psalm 91 – God’s Got This. Right?

April 5, 2020

Reclaiming Lent

Thirty years ago, I jumped off a cliff into water from so high up that it hurt when I finally hit the water. It remains one of the dumbest things I have ever done. We were biking through the White Mountains just outside of Maine. Our legs were tired, we were hot, and we found a waterfall. A waterfall meant water and water meant swimming! So, we made our descent way down toward the water and jumped in. That is when dumb started to set in. At first, we played it safe and only jumped off a rock that was about 15 feet above the water’s surface. However, when we found that the water was so deep we couldn’t find the bottom, two of us climbed all the way back up to the road’s surface. We were nervous. We decided to jump together. Why? I’m not sure but maybe because dumb loves company. I suggested we pray first and I did the praying. It went something like this, “God, we know this is not smart but we are asking you to protect us anyway.” With that we grabbed hands and jumped. How high? I have no idea but it was WAY higher than 15 feet. It was high enough that half-way down I still had time to second guess my decision. Let me just say that is the wrong time to second guess your decision. Too late! Oh, it worked out fine and with the exception of our feet seriously stinging from hitting the water so hard, we didn’t get hurt. I get it. Dumb is written all over this story and perhaps the dumbest part is the prayer.

 

In Luke 4 we read about the devil leading Jesus to the highest place in the temple. He said, “Throw yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against the stone.’ Jesus answered, ‘It says: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

 

Have you heard people saying lately, “God’s got this”? Sure, he does but what does that mean? If it means this health crisis has not taken God by surprise or that God is always at work no matter what the circumstances are, we could agree. If it means that Christ is above us and below us and beside us on our left and on our right, again we would say “Amen!” If it means there is nothing that was or is or will be that can separate us from the love of Christ, sign me up. However, if it means jumping off a cliff together hoping there are not rocks in the water, I have done that. I’m not doing that again. If it means ignoring the recommendations of trusted medical professionals because “God’s got this”, we might want to read Luke 4. Trust God and lock your doors. Trust God and look both ways when you cross the road. Trust God and wash your hands. Don’t put the Lord your God to the test. That’s dumb.

 

God’s got this. Right? Right! He has this and by this, I mean you. He has you and he is not letting go. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’”

 

Take a moment to read Psalm 91. Notice how the enemy used these beautiful words of comfort to tempt Jesus. As recorded in Luke 4:10, the devil quoted Psalm 91:11-12. Give thought to what it means for you to rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Reflect on what it means to you personally to trust God as your refuge and fortress.

 

Please pray today for those in government positions across this nation. Pray for wisdom and humility and for unity of purpose.

 

Greg VanderMeer

Fair Haven Church / Harbor Churches