This morning Darcy and I were reading a devotional from “The Advent Jesse Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults to prepare for the coming of the CHRIST CHILD at CHRISTMAS.”
“The Lord is our Shepherd,” it read, “Always watching over us and protecting us.”
I began to read the line and then purposefully skipped over the words “and protecting us.”
I wasn’t exactly sure why I skipped it, and if I had two bodies, ONE of me would have put her hands on her hips and turned her head to look at the other me in confusion. I kissed Darcy on her forehead and she ran out the door to the bus stop. I sat in silence for a couple of minutes, unsure of things.
Maybe it was the violent murder of my friend earlier this year. Maybe it was my newsfeed reminding me of the Sandy Hook Massacre last year. Maybe it was the reality of life under this sun.
If it’s true that God protects us, what could that possibly mean? I took advantage of the silence and spent the next few minutes of the morning looking for answers. Through Scripture and this old article from Christianity Today, my understanding of protection became clearer.
“The fact is, God cares more about our spiritual health than our physical health. Our bodies are going to die. Our souls are going to live forever. And God’s ability to protect our souls from eternal judgment and eternal death is more significant than his ability to protect our bodies from disease or death.”
If you’ve found yourself, like me, cynical when reading verses like, “The LORD will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life,” (Psalms 121:7), it would do your soul some good to read the linked article. I hope it clarifies things in your heart as it did mine this morning.