“The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” ~ Psalm 121:7-8
These verses give yet another assurance to every child of God, that nothing happens to us by chance or happenstance. As The Holy Scripture also tells us:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28
So one might ask, “Why do bad or even tragic things still happen to us as His children then?”
Even though God is not the author of sickness, suffering, or death (these are the result of sin in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:14-24), He overrules and harnesses them in our lives to accomplish His purposes. While this is taking place we can be trusting children; knowing that we have His promises to ever care for us and that these unpleasant or even seemingly tragic circumstances can be worked out for our eventual good.
God has given us His indwelling Holy Spirit to give us comfort and peace through even the most harrowing happenings in our lives. But we must choose to stay in communication with Him through these times, not shut Him out because we are sad or angry at the events in our lives.
This is where the “rubber meets the road” for us: our faith in God may be tested to the ultimate. How will we come out on the other side of difficult situations? Will we emerge from our troubles and trials giving Christ the victory for having clung to Him and the promises in His Word? Or will we give satan the victory by doubting God’s love and care for us through it all?
Oh, that we would always remember and be confident in His love and keeping of us. Oh, that in our tribulations we would hold closely, in faith, to Scripture; knowing that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5); knowing that He is ever watching over our “comings and goings”; knowing that we have His guarantee and we can rest assured that He will always back up His promises for He is God who cannot lie (1 Samuel 15:29)!
Thank You Father God for Your constant watch over me and all that touches me in my life. Thank You for sending Jesus, Your one and only Son, to die for my sins so that I can spend eternity with You in heaven when I leave this earth. I love You my precious Lord God and I give You praise this day!
~ Contributed by Mary Heuss Nelson