Suffering and God’s Protection

22 Jun

How do we understand the Lord’s protection? Sometimes God moves in miraculous ways in protecting his people from danger and trouble, but suffering is not a sign that God does not care for us, it is just a fact of life that suffering will come, and this world is fallen.

 Some suffering is by chance, other times it is a consequence of neglect, and at other times it is because of sin. Suffering is something we all go through at one time or another. During these times our faith is tested. Sometimes our suffering is used to draw us closer to God, it is a way to get our attention to the things that really matter in life.

One way of understanding our suffering is by trusting the Sovereignty of God. Roman 8: 28 tells us “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. “ The bible doesn’t promise us a life free from pain but does assure us that God is with us in the midst of it. For the believer, one day our pain will be gone forever

 The Bible reassures us that God is our protector :

“The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble; And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalms 9:9,10

 “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber, Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand.” Psalms 121:1-5

“He delivers the afflicted in their affliction, And opens their ear in time of oppression.” Job 36:15

 “He keeps the feet of His godly ones, But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness; For not by might shall a man prevail.” 1 Samuel 2:9

 “Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7

 Having the peace of God doesn’t mean that difficult times will not come, but does assure us in having courage and victory in those circumstances. Obedience to God’s commands is another form of God’s protection. By obeying what God says in his word, it keeps us from troubles and consequences of disobedience. It is better to say like the Psalmist “You are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble.” Psalms 32:7   To obey God is to bear good fruit.

When enemies come against us they really are coming against the Lord. “Don’t be afraid just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today…The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:13,14   As we trust the Lord, we will trust Him to fight our battles, He is our protector.  

Psalms 91: 1-4  “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”

 I will praise God for my circumstances, and by prayer make known what is on my heart, and trust Him with the outcome. God is always faithful.

* Scripture quotes are from the New American Standard Bible

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