The image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd has comforted many people in times of danger, illness, or impending disaster. As such, I believe many Christians are given to revert to Psalm 23! There is no better place in which to take shelter from the storms of life than in the Almighty God’s arms and His powerful word of promise.
We Christians are to consider God our shelter and protector during the storms of life! Saint Peter asked, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life?” The thief on the cross simply prayed that Jesus would remember him when He came into His kingdom. The shepherd David attested to God’s powerful presence in Psalm 23:4, when he said: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
God’s presence strengthened David when he face overwhelming odds. It fortified the disciples as they went throughout the world proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even today, it gives Christians the ability to face persecution and possible martyrdom, surgery, illness, or disease with confidence, knowing that (as St. Paul wrote) that nothing “in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39
I pray that you will also experience this confidence – that of David and Peter and the thief, knowing that Jesus Christ suffered and died, was buried and rose again from the dead, and ascended into heaven to prepare heavenly habitations for all who trust in Him. Jesus stands at the ready to defend and protect His own from all attacks of Satan, the world, and even death. His promise to us is this: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Mt. 28:20b (ESV)