“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.” Psalm 121:7-8
A person’s life is not their own if they have committed their way to the Lord. This is not a problem for the believer, for God can be trusted to keep you from all harm & danger. We know this because His word says so. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (Deuteronomy 31:8) This verse points out that the Lord will essentially have you surrounded with His mercy & grace. He doesn’t take coffee breaks, nor does He ever go on vacation. As a result of our God watching over us continuously, day and night, therefore, we truly have no reason to be discouraged or afraid. Fear is a natural human emotion. It’s a mental thing. We especially fear the unknown. It isn’t always so easy to rid ourselves of fear, but as we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord we will slowly begin to elevate our trust. As we trust the Lord more we should give in to our fears less.
In Joshua 1:9, Moses speaks to Joshua saying “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
“‘That God always keeps watch for us’ is deeply rooted in our hearts; so that, depending upon his guardianship alone, we may bid farewell to all the vain confidences of the world.”1 There is absolutely nothing in this world that we can unhesitatingly place our trust in because even the person closest to us will eventually let us down. God never will. If scripture tells us God is with us wherever we go, you can bank on that. Just in case you think the Lord might handle things differently in this day and age, read Hebrews 13:8 which proclaims, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Until Christ returns, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: The Treasury of David; Charles H. Spurgeon.
1 John Calvin, French Theologian; developed system of Christian Theology; 1509-1564.