Under the Shadow of Your Wings

Brian Pomicter
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Our lives are often beset with upsets and troubles. Yet, so many times, we do not choose to look at what is soothing and uplifting. One famous author tells us that we have a choice as to where we center our attention (Philippians 4:8).

Much as we may believe that we can go it alone in life, we fare far better when we have help. Are you feeling alone—perhaps vulnerable? That doesn’t need to be the case. That same author, the Apostle Paul, stated that God would never abandon His people—those who sought to follow His ways (Hebrews 13:5).

Those who heard Jesus Christ preach long ago lived under the harsh rule of the ancient Roman Empire. At times, their lives seemed monotonous, without the expectation that things might get better. Jesus reassured them:

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:24–26).

God takes care of anyone who surrenders to His will. God will provide for their needs and preserve them so much more than He has done for mere birds. God will take care of us as we face upsets and troubles.

Where do birds go when it storms? Birds are distinctly adaptable to “fowl” weather. Birds are small enough to find shelter from rain, snow, and wind in tree hollows, thickets near the ground, and among many man-made structures. Birds store up additional fat just before the arrival of bad weather. Their legs and feet do not lose heat due to heat transfers in their unique lower circulatory system.

Birds also avoid oncoming conditions; as reported by NBC News in a December 19, 2014 article:

“A flock of birds flew away from its nesting site days before there were any signs of danger and well before forecasters predicted the arrival of a massive storm system that spawned 84 confirmed tornadoes and killed at least 35 people, researchers reported Thursday in Current Biology. ‘Meteorologists were predicting that the storm might come our way,’ says the study's lead author, Henry Streby, a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow and visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. ‘But by the time they were saying they were sure it was coming, the birds had already figured it out and were gone.’ … The discovery was completely fortuitous. Researchers had been testing to see if a new kind of geolocator could be carried by the tiny birds.”

God has indeed equipped the birds of the air, so that their needs are taken care of!

God warns us in advance as to what we can expect to see in the years just ahead. God makes provision for those that are His. You can’t afford to be without His guidance and protection as current downward trends in this age continue. “Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast. How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings” (Psalm 36:6–7).

If God takes care of birds, will He not also take good care of us? To find out more about our loving God and His plan for us all, write for the free booklet, Prophecy Fulfilled: God’s Hand in World Affairs, or you may read it online. In the meantime, watch or listen to "Prayers and Promises" with Richard F. Ames.