He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
─ Psalm 91:1-4 ESV
Safety doesn’t happen by accident but is purposefully practiced and planned. Think about the dangerous work environments in which one slip up could mean someone loses a finger, an eye, or even their life. Companies mandate training for employees and follow strict guidelines set forth by compliance organizations. Perhaps you’ve seen a sign in a workplace that proudly announced how many days the work area had maintained an accident-free environment.
The same purposeful practiced planning can be taken to live a fearless life in Christ. God has given many promises to sustain us, keep us in health, provide peace and save us. God’s promises are true whether you acknowledge them or not, but when you remind yourself through prayer and thanksgiving, it bolsters your faith and reminds you just how much your Heavenly Father loves you.
Our verse today comes from Psalm 91, a chapter in which the Psalmist reminds himself that as long as he lives close to God, he can trust God to keep him in all of his ways. The verse reminds us God is our refuge and fortress, whom we can completely trust. He will deliver you, shield you and protect you.
Here are just a few of those promises of safety.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8) ESV.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe (Proverbs 18:10).
The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever (2 timothy 4:18).
Today’s One Thing
Set a reminder in your phone each day this week to acknowledge God’s promise to protect and keep you. Thank Him for keeping you safe, and pray that you follow His lead so that you arrive at each destination without accident.