Monday, January 28, 2013

Kept by God

 8Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.
 9Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.
 10Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings;
 11Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan:
 12And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people. 
(Psalm 135:8-12, King James Version)

Kept by God

As the Psalmist continued to extol the greatness of God, in Psalm 135,  he broke into a narrative of the history of God's working His righteous indignation against the enemies of God's people. Never was there a need for the people of God to live in fear, for they were a people who were kept by God.

Moving against the enemies of God, He brought them out of their slavery at the hands of the Egyptians, and led them safely into the Promised Land. From the narrative it would sound as though it was one smooth and easy event, with the Israelites docilely following God.

However, in reading the first five books of the Bible, we learn that it was not one, smooth and easy event. In a sense, the Israelites were led kicking and screaming all of the way. In spite of one miraculous event after another, every new difficulty brought more rebellion and complaining from the people.

Before we rail against the Israelites for their foolish behavior, however, we need to stop for a moment and look at our own lives. How smoothly do we follow God's leading in our lives? How many detours do we take along the way seeking to find a better way than God's way? How does God put up with such foolish creatures as we happen to be?

It is good for us to look back over our lives, especially those of us who have more than just a few decades to contemplate, and see God's faithful hand upon us. His great and loving, long suffering, and His patient forbearance of our own complaining and rebellion are marks of His great faithfulness to us. Indeed, we are kept by God as well. Apart from His faithfulness to us, would any of us ever reach heaven's shores?

So, as we face the events of this day. Let us pray for grace that we might patiently follow God's loving hand of guidance. If the events of the day do not work out the way we had planned, if one disappointment seems to follow after another, let us remember that we are living this life God's way.

Proverbs tells us that man makes his plans, but he Lord directs His steps. As life seems to take some unusual twists and turns, we can be assured that we are kept by God. God is constantly working and moving among us to bring us closer and closer to Him. We need not fear the events that affect us, for we know God is guiding and protecting us all of the way.

Even in the bigger picture, the Bible says, The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. (Proverbs 21:1, King James Version) God works and rules among the governments of this world bringing to pass the events that He has ordered before time began. In the end, all of God's people will be safely brought home to be with Him forever!

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda



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