Somebody’s Watching

Read Psalm 121

Featured Verse: Psalm 121:7-8

“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.”

According to this psalm and a whole host of other Scripture, when I am in Christ, I am kept from all harm. But doesn’t that seem like a huge overstatement to you? It does to me! I mean, you and I and a whole lot of people we know have experienced harm—car wrecks, lost jobs, disease, divorce, and… well, pick your poison.

Ah, but is it really harm, child of God? It might hurt, and hurt a lot, but don’t we know by now that our Heavenly Father turns what is meant for evil into that which is good? (Genesis 50:20) Doesn’t our Lord take all things—even really bad things—and turn then into things that reveal his glory in our lives? (Romans 8:28) Hasn’t he promised to never leave us nor forsake us? (Joshua 1:5) Will he not be true to his Word and walk with us even through the valley of the shadow of death? (Psalm 23:4) And when we die, didn’t Jesus himself promise that we really wouldn’t die? (John 11:25-26)

It sounds like no matter what, we win! Nothing can come to me that first doesn’t have to pass through the One who constantly watches over my comings and my goings. And to get to me, it first has to pass the Divine Purpose Test: If it can’t be used for his glory in my life, he prohibits it from harming me.

I like that, don’t you? He is watching over you and me, and the people we care about. So we can quit worrying and just relax in the safety of his hands. The German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was held in a Nazi concentration camp in the 1940’s, and finally martyred by hanging, wrote from his prison cell, “Much that worries us beforehand can, quite unexpectedly, have a happy and simple solution… Things really are in a better hand than ours.”

The Lord is watching over you like a Heavenly Hawk, and nothing will escape his loving eye—not even one little detail. So be assured today that everything that comes your way—good and not so good—will be used in his great transformation project to turn you into the image of his dear Son. (Romans 8:28-29)

Yeah, I like that!

“God makes no mistakes.”
~Karl Barth

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