Does God Really Protect Us?

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When I was in grad school - one of my psychology professors commented that ambiguity is the feeling least tolerated by human beings.  During my time as a therapist and in my own life, I have found that to be true.

I want to know. More than that, I hate not knowing.

Interesting that in my monthly read through of Proverbs (only one chapter a day gets you through it in one month!), I read this:

The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way.  Proverbs 20:24.

What a relief!

I don’t have to understand.

I can trust God to be doing what is right, even if it makes no sense to me at all.

Yesterday in my Psalms read through, Psalm 91 came up.

I read it with renewed interest.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

For he will rescue you from every trap, and protect you from deadly disease.

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.

Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.

Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.

For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer.  I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

So many promises - and yes, there are things I don’t understand in there.  But, what I take away from that chapter is that we have a God we can trust - no matter what - we will be taken care of.

I think it is short-sighted to look at that care in light of this world only.  We will have long lives - eternal ones.  And the cool thing is that they start the very moment we receive Him.

We are living our eternal lives now.

How cool is that?

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