Category Archives: God’s protection

You Are Always There

In my trials and tribulations
In my sorrow and my pain
In the midst of all my battles
You are always there with me

When I feel like I’m abandoned
When it seems I’m off the road
When my fear and doubt have risen
You are always there with me

You will calm the storm that rages in me
You will heal each dread disease
You will hold me up in the shadow of your wings
Because you are always there for me

We remember the words of Jesus so easily. He told us He would never leave us or forsake us. There are times in our life when it would be easy to think that God has forgotten us. When I go t that cancer diagnosis in March of 2016, it would have been easy to think that God has pulled His protection out from under me and I was alone. But than I remembered that Jesus wasn’t the first one to recognize God was always with us. David had many times where he could have doubted God was with Him. When Saul threw the javelin at him twice, I’m sure he wondered, When Nathan came to him and exposed his sin, he went into mourning. When he had to flee from his own son to avoid death, I’m sure he wondered where God was in all of this. But he knew God was there with him, as witnessed by these beautiful words from Psalm 139.

Psalm 139:7-13 KJV
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

When you’re facing your battles, do not fear and do not doubt. The everlasting God Surrounds you with His love and will always bring you good out of every situation. He will always guide you back to His path if you just trust Him. He is always for you and never against you. When it seems like He is not there usually He is doing His greatest work. So rest in Him, be still and know that He is God!

Back Into His Hand

My life has ups and downs
Like a yo-yo spins around
Falling closely to the ground
Then back into His hand

My life is like a boomerang
That flies by its own plan
The circles back again
Back into His hand

I have a tendency to wander
Every time I turn and stray
I yearn again to find my way
Back into His hand

When I seem so far away
I fall on my knees and pray
Father please bring me safely
Back into your hand

There’s no place I’d rather be
When my troubles surround me
Then returning home again
Back into His hand

The nation of Israel is an amazing story of a people who had plenty of ups and downs/ The were captive in Egypt for over 400 years, slave laborers to Pharaoh. Their burden was heavy. Then God called Moses to bring His people out of that bondage, a fulfillment of a prophecy given to Abraham 400 years earlier. Through a series of 10 miracles, God freed them from their slavery only to lead them into the wilderness. For 4 years He led them circling around the wilderness before they finally got to their destination. Once there, they faltered and wandered even more. Only this time it was their spiritual life that faltered. They forgot the God that saved them, freed them and delivered them. The forgot the God who fed them , protected them and fought for them. God assigned judges, then kings to guide the, but they never could be consistent. Up and down, close to God then far away.

I am too much like them, unfortunately. I have days when I feel real close to god and others I walk way from Him. It’s not that I want to be outside of His protection. I just find myself wandering there and then wishing I had not. I cry out to Him and every time He brings me back into His loving hands. What mercy He shows, what grace He bestows whenever I call on His name!

Matthew 14:31 King James Version
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Rest in His Arms

He is my rock, my refuge, my fortress strong
When I rest in His arms, it is like being inside a walled city
All my provision is there
All my comfort is there
No enemy can breach those walls
No amount of taunting by the enemy can be heard
Because He is my protector
He is my deliverer
He has already defeated my enemy
I need to learn to rest in His victory
All to often I walk outside those walls
I wander from the path
I want to make it on my own
I can feel myself being drawn to my enemy
I wait to long to run back to Him
And I fall. I fall hard
So hard I cry out to Him
He comes to my rescue every time
He picks me up and cradles me in His loving arms
He returns me to my place of shelter
And I am safe once again
Oh, God
Full of mercy and grace, wonder and awe
I don’t know why you put up with me, but you do
For that I will praise you and lift you high
For you are my rock, my refuge and my fortress
I can rest in your arms.

His mercy and grace are so much more than I can understand.  Over and over again sin knocks at my door and I let it in.  Whether it’s my pride rising up, or arguing, or gossiping and backbiting.  Or it may be what some would see as more severe.  From the smallest sin to man’s worst nightmare, they are all the same to Him.    All of them are simple disobedience to His word and deserve His judgment.  But I when I cry out to Him, He sees me with eyes of compassion, He extends His mercy and He surrounds me with His grace.  Why would I want to leave such a wonderful love as this.

I will do all I can to stay in His loving arms.  I will resist the urge to go out on my own and try to make it on my own strength.  I will abide in His presence, in the shadow of His wings, all the day long.  I will not trust my wisdom but depend on His.  For I know that all I will do is wander.  My heart is prone for  that.  This earth and all its beauty also contains my enemy.  I must resist him and his allure.  I must keep my eyes fixed on Jesus for he is the one who will keep me safe.  I will rest in Him

Psalm 62:5-8

5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. 
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God ; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 
8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.