Under His Wings

Psalm 36:7 – How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. (NKJV)

Before we moved into town just over five years ago, we lived on four acres of land on the outskirts of town. For many years, one of my hobbies was having homing pigeons and several kinds of chickens. They gave us eggs, they ate all our kitchen waste, and I enjoyed raising young chicks. Bantam hens in particular are very good at raising young ones. They are very diligent about staying on the eggs until they hatch, and they are excellent mothers. They protect their young at all times. As a matter of fact, if I got too close to them and their chicks, they would attack me.

I recently came across the following story about a hen and her chicks. When they were very small, the hen would have all her chicks under her wings during the night. One night, for some unknown reason, the henhouse burned down. In the morning, the owner was poking around in the ashes to see if perhaps there was anything of value left, when he heard some little chicks peeping. Then he saw the little group huddled together in a corner of the burned-down shed. During the night, the hen had protected the chicks from the fire, covering them with her body and her wings. The hen died so that her chicks would live.

Luke 13:34-35 – O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! (NKJV)

When Jesus lamented over Jerusalem, He looked at the city in the distance and His heart was broken. He had tried so hard to convince the people there to believe in Him, but He knew that He would be rejected, despite His love for them being like that of a hen for her chicks. But I think that He also cried for those in future generations who wouldn't accept Him as Saviour and Lord.

Later, when He was nailed to the cross at Calvary, He gave His life for you and for me, and by that act, we are offered protection by His wings of grace from the fires of sin and eternal death. May we all be willing to accept the shelter that He offers!

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we thank You that Your Son Jesus gave His life so that we may live. We offer this prayer in His name. Amen.

1 comment on this post.
  1. PresbyCan Feedback:

    May it be so, Joel.


    Yes! What a perfect image! Thank you, Joel.


    Thanks for the reminder in your PresbyCan devotional.


    Praising God for His wings of grace. Thanks for writing. Blessings.


    Your best ever Joel! Well done, wonderful and moving analogy.
    Blessings.


    Joel, Another beautifully written devotional. Thank you for your insight and encouraging words! Blessings.


    Joel,
    I appreciate your vivid illustration of God’s provision and protection.
    Blessings to you.


    Pastor Joel,
    Excellent devotional and example you used today to illustrate how much Jesus loves, cares for, protects, and laid down His life for us! Thank you.


    I am always so encouraged to read your devotional as you are able to help us to understand how much God loves us and to be thankful for what Christ did for us on the cross. May God bless you as you bless us.


    Thank you for the inspiring devotional.
    I grew up on the farm with all kinds of chickens. The specialty kinds always were interesting to watch. It is a great reminder of God’s love and protection for us each and every day.


    Dear Joel,
    Thank you for your precious words.
    We pray for multitudes to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.
    Keep writing.


    Hello Joel,
    Thank you for this devotional. A very good reminder to us how great the sacrifice given by our Lord, that we may live, and owe it all to Him.
    Blessings to you for faithfully writing.
    (B.C.)


    Joel, this is all the more meaningful as I just returned from a trip to Israel. We stood on the hill where he most likely mourned over Jerusalem. And I’m reading Montefiore’s sad history of Jerusalem, telling all it’s gone through in its long history, including its many years of conquerors who wanted nothing to do with God. May we never follow Jerusalem’s example!


    Wow Joel… You have a real way with words!
    I was stirred by your devotional today, especially when you suggested that Jesus cried for future generations who wouldn’t accept Him as Saviour and Lord.
    It is free choice and sure hurts when one knows someone who chooses to reject the protection He offers by ‘His wings of grace’… like a mother hen.
    Just keep praying for them as sharing as led, eh!
    Thanks for writing this.


    What a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it