What is the difference between a Christian and a non-believer? Not much. We breath the same air, we read the same newspapers, we pay the same unbelivable price for gas. The difference is that we know where our help comes from.
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121: 1-2)
Indeed, my help does not come from horoscopes, money or education. My help comes from the Lord! Our belief in Jesus Christ does not suddenly take the hardships of life away. We are humans and go through the struggles of life. The difference is that we know that our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. If Christ does not save his followers from adversities, what does God promise us?
The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121: 7-8)
He promises to always be with us and to watch over us. He promises to keep us from all harm. This does not mean that our life would be easy. But it means God will protect our souls from harm. Eugene H. Peterson writes “All the water in all the oceans cannot sink a ship unless it gets inside. Nor can all the trouble in the world harm us unless it gets within us”(Peterson, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction“, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsityPress, 2000), 43).
Nothing what happens in life can take God’s grace from us. Nothing that we do or leave undone can separate us from God. There is absolutely nothing that would make God give us up. He has made his pledge to be with us until the end of the world. He gave his only Son so we could be made right with Him and have eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Like Job in the middle of his sufferings we can say: “I know that my Redeemer lives,and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. (Job 19:25)
Thank you for redeeming us.
Thank you for protecting us from all harm.
Guide us to share your grace with people around us.
Guide us to live out your promises.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: When have you felt protected by God?