We have heard from different leaders in the Christian community about the movement that we are in. The verge of a new outpouring. I have been battling with ideas and thoughts on how the enemy can think he is really sneaky but God (period).
I woke up this morning with the word Beloved in my mind. I quickly (after I made my coffee) went to look up scriptures with the word beloved. I started reading all of the Deuteronomy 33 and I was a little annoyed that the beloved of the Lord only had one verse of blessing. I wanted to know why Benjamin was called beloved and why he was told to just rest… Benjamin was Jacob’s favorite (second favorite to be specific) son. Benjamin was Jacob’s last connection to the love of his life, Rachel. This isn’t a history lesson about Benjamin so hold on to your pants. I think there is a promise for us that was given to Benjamin. Making him beloved? Something was resonating with the story of Benjamin and this promise but I wasn’t sure…
Of Benjamin he said, “May the beloved of the Lord dwell in security by Him, Who shields him all the day, And he dwells between His shoulders.” Dt 33:12
Real talk; the last month in my personal life has felt like promises, desires, dreams, expectations had been stripped away. My initial thing to do is to fill my schedule and deal with the feelings whenever Holy Spirit brings it up again at a more convenient time. Now, we are in full quarantine mode and I can’t just fill my schedule with a million things.This past week I have sat in a puddle of self-pity, disappointments, and with a million wondering what, why, how questions.
But He calls us beloved. That doesn’t immediately take away my feelings or questions, however today it brought comfort.
- We are His beloved.
- Who dwell in His arms.
- Who are in His faithfulness.
While reading Benjamin’s blessing Psalms 91 kept coming to mind. This is why it was hitting home for me. Since the covid-19 outbreak Pastor Bill Johnson has read over our church and has suggested we press into Psalms 91. Psalms 91 is full of promise, wonder, dwelling, protection, faithfulness, hope, and enjoyment in Him.
1 When you sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai, you are hidden in the strength of God Most High. 2 He’s the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me, the only God for me, and my great confidence. 3 He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy, and he will protect you from false accusation and any deadly curse. 4 His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm. 5 You will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night nor have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against you. 6 Don’t fear a thing! Whether by night or by day, demonic danger will not trouble you, nor will the powers of evil launched against you. 7 Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed, you will remain unscathed and unharmed. 8 you will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment, for they will be paid back for what they have done! 9–10 When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us? 11 God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go, defending you from all harm. 12 If you walk into a trap, they’ll be there for you and keep you from stumbling. 13 You’ll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness, trampling every one of them beneath your feet! 14 For here is what the Lord has spoken to me: “Because you have delighted in me as my great lover, I will greatly protect you. I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face. 15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast. 16 You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you. For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”
A few days ago I felt to handwriting the whole chapter out. While I was writing it out I was seeing more and more of the Father’s promises and protection to us. I, of course, color coded some words that stood out. During this season of unknown, I want to challenge and
recommend to write out this chapter or another chapter to catch His heart of His promises for you. A pastor of mine, who is a physician as well, told us once that hand writing things out activates part of our brain that we wouldn’t activate typing it out. I have a feeling that God has promises and protection that He wants to release to us in this forced time of rest. We are a generation of go, go, go. What do you think we can accomplish when we dwell, rest, sit inside His arms? Somehow I am extremely hopeful we as a community will accomplish way more out of that place of rest.
As a task-doer, I am currently challenged in this season of being quarantined to do less. How will you cultivate this season of rest? For me, it’s hopefully writing more, sitting on my deck and dwelling on His glorious Word. This fight doesn’t mean keeping your shield up and go, this fight looks like washing your hands and sitting with our Papa.
Let’s see where the wind will blow us.
Stay healthy friends.