One spring day last year, as I was coming out of Dollar General Store, I noticed a colorful umbrella sitting on the side walk. I’m not sure how it got there, but in a matter of minutes my thoughts turned to God! I remember hearing encouraging words before, about the blessings of staying under the covering of our Heavenly Father. What happens if you get caught in the middle of storm unexpectedly? Yes, you will get very wet, unless you find some sort of shelter. The umbrella, at that moment, is our covering.
Did you know that God can be your covering?
A few months later, I had the opportunity to attend a women’s church breakfast. This time, that abandoned umbrella on the sidewalk, had grown to a deeper meaning. As I stood up to worship, my eyes noticed one of the colorful banners on the wall. The banner proclaimed Jehovah Shammah. I had never heard of this name of God before. So I decided I would look it up when I returned home. One of the songs we sang, was entitled, His Banner over me is Love. Jehovah Nissi is found in the Book of Exodus. It means, “The Lord is my Banner”. Jehovah Shammah means, “The Lord is There.” It is mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel .
The Lord had already showed me two symbols that were relational to that abandoned umbrella.
Before I even decided to write this blog, He gave me one more reminder. My husband and I attended a peach festival in the summer. While crossing the street, I saw two people standing on the other side. The woman held a huge black golf umbrella over her, and she had a teenage boy next to her. They were standing next to a wooden standup sign, which I couldn’t read. I walked over and started to talk to them. I was surprised to learn that they were Jehovah witnesses. I had never seen Jehovah witnesses just standing around. They usually come up to an individual and start engaging in a conversation.
This time I was doing the engaging. The well dressed woman and I talked for awhile. She even pointed out certain scriptures and asked my thoughts on them. I believe, in the end ,she was surprised at my responses. The Holy Spirit guided me greatly and gave me boldness.
After this encounter, I decided to write this blog.
What is a banner? A banner can be a flag or a slogan, that represents a company, a cause, political party or an organization’s beliefs. It is usually supported by a team effort.
In the Book of Exodus in the 17th Chapter, Moses and the Isralites were on their way to the Promised Land, and they were unexpectedly thrown into a battle with Amalekites.
Mel Gibson, in the Patriot, didn’t want to go to war, but his son was killed by Brititsh Soldiers. People try to avoid conflict and only desire peace, but sometimes conflict will come to your door! D.Z. Cofield, Good Hope Missionary, Texas.
Moses, took immediate action and commanded Joshua to select men to fight against the Amalekites. He told Joshua, that tomorrow he would stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in his hand. Only days, before, Moses had struck a rock with the staff and miraculously water gushed out of it! Moses knew that God’s power was demonstrated by the staff. He knew how important it was to the outcome of the battle.
The next day Moses went up the hill with Aaron and Hur. He held up the staff high in his hand so all the Israelites could see it! As long as the staff was held up, the Israelites were winning, but when Moses lowered the staff the Amalekites had the advantage. Eventually, Moses became very tired, so Aaron and Hur positioned him on a rock and helped hold up his hands. Moses and the two men were there till sunset. The Israelites were victorious and defeated the Amalekite army.
After the victory, the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means “the Lord is my banner”). 16 He said, “They have raised their fist against the Lord’s throne, so now[c] the Lord will be at war with Amalek generation after generation.”
The Banner of the Lord represents God’s authority and power, His ability, and His work. Dr. Mark Estep, Spring Baptist Church
How can we proclaim our Lord as our Banner?
I’m sure many of us even myself are so shocked about this worldwide pandemic. But even in the midst of this, I still remain faithful to my Heavenly Father. He saw this coming, just like he saw the Amalekites coming to attack the Israelites. Instead of getting so wrapped up and consumed with all the hype, death toll, number of cases, politics, media, and upsetting news; we should set our eyes on our Lord. Jesus tells us to be in this world, but not of this world. We can still have awareness of real facts, but we also must seek the Holy Spirit for discernment. We mustn’t fill our thoughts with what if’s and fear.
Did Moses run away and retreat? NO! He developed a plan. He didn’t panic and shrink back. He appointed Joshua to fight, and he and his two leaders went up on the mountain and interceded for Joshua and the men fighting in the valley. It was a group effort, teamwork. They saw God rescue them before, so Moses put his complete faith and allegiance to I Am.
How do we fight?
We fight by staying in the Word. We fight by lifting our hands in praise and worship. We intercede by going into our prayer closets. We make our God the source for every need we have. We go to God with all our questions. We go to Him for his guidance and for his strength. We know He is with us and we know He wants us to keep our faith strong until He returns for his Bride the Church. We have the victory in our Saviour Jesus Christ.