In the Shadow of God

Author: Emma Pamer — Host: Emily TenterPosted on: September 24, 2022

Unlocked: Daily Devotions for Teens
Unlocked: Daily Devotions for Teens
In the Shadow of God

To be in the shadow of God is everything. This world is a scary place;
there are so many rules, expectations, and dangers waiting for us around
every bend. It’s more than scary—it’s paralyzing. Like a deer in oncoming
headlights, instead of escaping to safety, we might freeze and feel the
full impact of the world crashing in. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
If you have committed your life to Christ, you have escaped from disaster.
And in doing so, you haven’t just run to safety. You’ve gained hope, joy,
and glory. When you surrendered your life to Christ, you were added into
God’s family. Your life was HIDDEN with Christ in God. When your life is
hidden with Christ, your place with Him is secure. You will have
trouble—that is promised—but you won’t be alone. You are held by Jesus, the
One who overcame the world (John 16:33). And because Jesus died and rose
from the grave, His followers have the sure hope of living with Him
forever. As Christians, our lives are now united with Christ and should be
in alignment with His way. Think about it. When someone belongs to Jesus,
their life is not their own (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We follow God’s ways,
not out of an impersonal sense of duty, but because God loves us and He is
the source of goodness. Obeying Him allows us to experience His goodness
more and more. Yet, even as we learn to follow God with the help of the
Holy Spirit, we will not do things perfectly. But Christ covers us, so when
God the Father looks at us, He sees the righteousness of Christ and does
not count our sins against us (2 Corinthians 5:21). When your life is
hidden and covered by God, you can dwell with Him and rest in His shadow.
He promises to be with you in hardship. Imagine it. If you’re in someone’s
shadow, it means they are bigger than you, covering you, and they are close
beside you. When you realize you are in God’s shadow, the world no longer
seems as paralyzing. When you are a Christian, God is close beside you and
covering you all the way. ⦁ Emma Pamer ⦁ What things do you see in the
world that make you feel paralyzed with fear? ⦁ Can you think of a time you
felt free, safe, and/or comforted in God’s presence? If you haven’t
experienced this, you can ask God for it. He loves to answer these prayers!
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow
of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NLT)


Read Verses:

Psalm 91:1-Psalm 91:2; Psalm 91:14-Psalm 91:16; Colossians 3:1-Colossians 3:17