How did I get through this day? In the busyness of every day; in the difficulties, trials and anxieties of each day; when we look back over the day, week or year, we wonder how we ever managed to cope.
Sadly, in the midst of everything, we are not always conscious or aware of the fact that we are not alone. Whether it is illness, financial difficulties, work pressures or loneliness, we often feel as if we are absolutely on our own. But, be encouraged.
Someone sent me a letter some years ago whilst I was going through a particularly difficult time. The following verse was shared for my encouragement: "Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders" (Deut 33:12). Even though this was said about the tribe of Benjamin, we believe "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Tim 3:16) and hence is applicable to all who read it and obey His Word.
If all Scripture is inspired or God breathed, all the promises and encouragement are from Him. Therefore, looking at Deut 33:12 can be most encouraging:
As Benjamin was loved, so are we. John 3:16 tells us just how much God loves us - He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will never perish but have everlasting life.
Because we are loved, we can rest secure - live in safety, knowing that whatever happens, our Saviour will hold us in the palm of His nail-pierced hand.
Why can we rest secure? We rest secure because He shields and protects us.
When are we secure in His love? He shields and surrounds us all day long, continuously! He has promised He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Where is our security? In Christ our Saviour - "Whom the Lord loves, rests between His shoulders". Shoulders speak of strength. Being carried speaks of support. It speaks of being able to rest. Lifted up out of the clamber, pain and torment of our situation. Being lifted high - secure and preserved from every harm.
What a precious thought. He whom the Lord loves rests between His shoulders. Thank you Jesus.