But God Protects Us-Lent 8, 2021

Start to talk about “guardian angels” and people light up with fanciful stories about how they have their own personal angel like Clarence from It’s a Wonderful Life.  Their personal angel hangs around 24/7 like a designated spiritual sidekick, ready to give them near parking spots and protect them from car crashes and other calamities.  Are angels ministering spirit beings?  Yes.  Do I have my own personal one?  I don’t know.  I don’t have a drafty old house or Zuzu’s petals either. 

But I do know that God protects those He loves.  How do I know?  The Bible tells me so.

Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; 16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth. 17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; 20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. 21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 22 The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Never was this more the case than when David was hiding in the wilderness because Saul (present king) knew that David was anointed next king. Saul wanted David dead to keep that from happening.  God had something else in mind.

“David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands” (1 Samuel 23:14).

When it feels like the world is against you, maybe it is.  During Lent 2021, we are reminded of this assurance in our troubled world: “But God…” protects those He loves in all ways required to bring them safely to the gates of eternal life and to do His will.  No one can snatch us out of His hands (John 10:27-30)

Lord, I thank You that Your eyes are on the righteous and Your ears are attentive to our cry.  We praise You that You deliver us from our troubles… that You are close to us when we are discouraged… and You save us when we are completely crushed in spirit.  Thank You that You rescue Your servants!  What a precious promise that no one who takes refuge in You will ever be condemned!  We give You glory! Amen.

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  • Lent 2013 looked at The Letter to the Romans: Paul’s Masterpiece to reclaim foundations of our Christian heritage and began February 13, 2013.
  •  A very special and ever popular offering was Lent 2014’s Be Still and Know that I AM God  which can be obtained through the archives beginning in March 2014. 
  • Lent 2015 began on February 18, 2015 with a series entitled With Christ in the Upper Room: Final Preparations.  We explored what is often called “The Upper Room Discourse” found in John chapters 13-17
  • ReKindle, the Lent 2016 series, began on February 10, 2016 and encouraged us to rekindle our spiritual lives.
  • Light: There’s Nothing Like It was the 2017 Lent series and explored this metaphor often used to portray Christ.  It is archived beginning March 1, 2017.
  • Lent 2018, we explored the questions of Pi and Chi (the Greek letter beginning the word Christos, which means Christ, Messiah, the Anointed One). We asked and answered the questions “Why?” from the movie Life of Pi as we discovered the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a world of many faiths.
  • Lent 2019 gave us a deeper window into Easter “More to the Easter Story” since we miss so much when we rely only on a superficial understanding of the work of Christ. These devotionals are archived beginning March 6, 2019.
  • Our Lent 2020 devotional series offered prayer points surrounding “Be Thou My Vision” and were aimed at helping us to see God for who He is. The full set of devotionals are archived beginning February 26, 2020.

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