“Why?” If God is good, why does he allow suffering? Why does pain exist? We all have a handful of whys, don’t we? As humans, we like to be in control of things, know exactly what’s going on, and always have an explanation for everything that occurs. So, when we feel like we’re not in control of a situation, we get anxious, frustrated, upset, and tend to find someone to blame for our pain. And in most cases, God’s the one who ends up getting blamed, right? Unfortunately, whether it’s for good or for bad, suffering is a part of life. However, that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t care or wants us to suffer. God has promised to be there for us, even during pain. Therefore, let’s dive into scripture today to fully understand God’s protection in the storms of life.
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BELIEVING IN GOD’S PROTECTION.
While God has proven to protect his people since the beginning of time, there are many people who still doubt God’s protection.
Be honest, are you one of them? There’s no wrong or right answer……just yet.
Do you believe in God’s protection?
And if you believe in God’s protection, do you rely on it at all times?
Let me ask you this, if you were to be in the single most tragic, difficult, and life-changing situation of your entire life, who would be the first person you would go to crying for help? Would God be the first one on your mind during this moment of difficulty? Or would you run to someone or something else?
Who would be the first one you would run to for protection or help?
SAVE FOR LATER!
WHO DO WE RELY ON FOR PROTECTION?
Remember, scripture says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Who have you put your trust, confidence, and hope in? Is it your parents, your spouse, your best friend, sibling, a family member, your wealth, or GOD?
In all honesty, is your answer really God? Do you rely on God’s protection?
TRUSTING IN GOD’S PROTECTION
Now, I’m not sure what your answer may be at the moment (I’ll let you meditate on that!)
However, I do know someone who would answer this question with “GOD” without hesitation. And mind you that this person was not immune to suffering or pain.
In fact, he was one of the figures in the Bible that suffered the most.
So, let’s go right ahead and dive into scripture to analyze this well-known Biblical figure who relied on God’s protection, at all times. This man truly believed in God’s protection, even during the darkest times of his life. And boy did he have plenty of them!
THE KING WHO BELIEVED IN GOD’S PROTECTION…
The man I am talking about is none other than King David.
His faith in God and his dependency on God’s protection is reflected throughout the entire book of Psalms – especially in verse 1 of Psalm 27.
So, let’s analyze Psalm 27:1
GOD’S PROTECTION IN PSALM 27:1
1. The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? (NIV)
2. The Lord is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? (NLT)
3. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (KJV)
COMPLETE TRUST IN GOD’S PROTECTION
What a heart-warming and compelling verse!
This is what believing in God is all about. In this beautiful verse, not only does David demonstrate his complete trust in God’s protection, but he teaches us what affirmations we should say and what questions we should ask. So, let’s take a look at the three powerful affirmations David makes and the two bold questions he asks.
THREE POWERFUL AFFIRMATIONS:
AFFIRMATION #1: “THE LORD IS MY LIGHT”
LIGHT: Something that makes vision possible; spiritual illumination; something that enlightens or informs; not dark, intense, or swarthy in color or coloring.
THE LIGHT IN DAVID’S LIFE
If you’re not familiar with the story of David, the books of Samuel (1 Samuel & 2 Samuel) reveal the many highs and lows of David. Although he became a powerful and well-known king, his life was not full of rainbows and victories.
David experienced glory (becoming king) as much as he faced adversity (being chased by enemies, tragic losses, illnesses, etc!) However, regardless of the situation he was facing, he never let the darkness around him consume him.
Why? Because the light inside of him always overcame the darkness around him.
Even during the storms of life, when David faced adversity, committed sins, and even disappointed God, he was able to redeem himself because the light inside of him protected him by enlightening, illuminating, and guiding him to the right path again.
The light being none other than Jesus Christ.
THE LIGHT IN OUR LIVES.
Similarly to David, we are faced with victories and hardships. We go through highs and lows. In good times, the light of Jesus is what guides us to victory and success. During shameful times, the light of Jesus is what takes us to redemption. And during hard times, the light of Jesus protects us and gives us hope in the midst of darkness.
Through it all, in darkness or clarity, Jesus is the LIGHT.
Although it may be dark around us, we’re able to see light because Jesus is the light amid all the darkness (problems, battles, difficulties!)
John 1:5 says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
AFFIRMATION #2: “THE LORD IS MY SALVATION”
SALVATION: Deliverance from the power and effects of sin; liberation from ignorance or illusion; preservation from destruction or failure; deliverance from danger or difficulty.
Like I said before, David had his share of troubles, failures, and storms.
David spent a good portion of his life being persecuted by his enemies, friends, and even his blood. His life was in danger countless times, but God saved him every single time. God was David’s protection and salvation. He not only saved him from his enemies, but he saved him from his sins.
Although David did not live a perfect life or a life free of suffering, he never stopped believing in God’s protection. He knew that no matter the circumstances he faced, God would always be his eternal salvation.
Whether it’s from our troubles, difficulties, illnesses, temptations, sins, bad habits, people or, ourselves – we always need to be saved. Don’t we?
God is the only one who can cleanse us from our sins, save us from our troubles, and deliver us from any danger. He is our salvation and our protection.
AFFIRMATION #3: “THE LORD IS THE STRONGHOLD OF MY LIFE”
STRONGHOLD: A fortified place; a place of security or survival; a place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack; a place where a particular cause or belief is strongly defended.
The last affirmation David makes is that God is his stronghold. In other words, he affirms that God is his protection. David did not rely on human strength or companion during his storms, he relied on God and only God’s protection. He understood that human strength and companion is temporary and conditional. However, God’s protection is permanent and unconditional. When David needed help the most, his loved ones abandoned him. However, God remained by his side. God acted as his stronghold by guarding and protecting him from all attacks.
Regardless of the hardships we face in life, God has promised to be with us, protect us, and deliver us. The same God that protected David, protects us now. If we dwell in God and trust in his protection, we will not be put to shame. God will protect us.
TWO BOLD QUESTIONS:
QUESTION #1: “WHOM SHALL I FEAR?”
Fear: an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger;to be afraid of : expect with alarm
QUESTION #2: “OF WHO SHALL I BE AFRAID?”
Afraid: filled with fear or apprehension; worried that something will cause pain or injury.
When we face hardships, we typically question God.
We ask questions like:
- Why has God allowed us to be in the situation we are currently in?
- Why is this happening to us?
- Does God still love us?
- Or, why isn’t God helping us?
Our questions come from a place of fear, insecurity, and doubt.
It’s because we doubt in God’s perfect will that we question his entire plan.
Differently than David, who fervently believed in God, even though he dealt with so much adversity (more than we probably ever will!)
David didn’t question God’s power, plan, or faithfulness. He didn’t question God at all.
Instead, he questioned himself.
He questioned the thoughts, doubts, or fears inside of him.
Don’t we all have that one voice inside of our heads that promotes fear, insecurities, and doubts? It was to THAT voice, that David was proposing these rhetorical questions to.
If God was his light and salvation, who should he ever fear?
And if God was his stronghold, of who should he be afraid of?
CHOOSING TO NOT QUESTION GOD’S PROTECTION
God’s protection is given to us, not to be questioned but to be accepted and cherished. David did not believe in a different God than us. He believed in the same God. Therefore, we have the SAME hope as he did. Although we may face difficulties (it’s inevitable!), we are not alone. God, who is our light, salvation, and stronghold will be with us every step of the way, whether we see it or not. People come and go, money comes and goes, but God remains present today, tomorrow, and forever.
“God is building you, even though it may feel like he is breaking you.”
Regardless of what you may be going through at the moment, cling to God.
The storms of life don’t last forever, but God’s protection does.
If you didn’t believe in God’s protection before, challenge yourself to believe in his protection now (you have nothing to lose!) And if you haven’t been relying on God’s protection, it’s never too late to start. God wants to help you, save you, and protect you. But he wants you to believe that he actually can first. God doesn’t promise immunity from suffering, but he does promise protection, comfort, and hope.
Until next time,