Guest Author
Pastor C.J. Armstrong
Associate Pastor – Bloomington Baptist Church, Bloomington, Illinois

Today’s Scripture: And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. 2¬†Samuel¬†22:2-3

My wife shrieked and pointed to the window. I looked over to find a large gray and brown spider, the size of a quarter, sitting on top of the glass pane. Being the man of the house, I knew exactly what to do: I ran from the room faster than a speeding bullet.

Fifteen seconds later, I returned with a can of insecticide. I took careful aim and then fired the contents of the aerosol can at the spider. The insecticide went straight through the spider and splattered against the window. The spider continued to sit there, completely unconcerned with the poison.

Curious (and a little bewildered) at this turn of events, I took a closer look at the situation. It was then that I discovered the spider wasn’t really inside the house at all. The spider had built a web over the outside windowsill; it was sitting on the center of the web oriented towards the house– making it look like it was sitting on the inside of the window when the spider was really outside. What looked like a problem was actually nothing to worry about: the window had done its job and shielded us from the critters that belonged outside.

So often, life is the same way. When we look around and see problems and difficulties, those problems often appear to be so disastrous and painful that we panic. In our panic, we get ahead of God and try to solve these difficulties on our own. This often leaves us in a messier situation than if we had left things in God’s hands.

A shield can only do its job when the individual is behind it. With God, Who is our Shield, it’s the same way. When we trust God, act as He desires, and allow Him to work out the situations and difficulties that surround us, then God is free to resolve our problems. When we step out from behind our Shield and act independently of God, we make a bad situation worse.

Don’t make a mess of the situation. God is great enough to handle more than just wayward spiders. Trust in God, and let Him shield you from the trials and problems of life. Great peace will come if you do.