Psalm 34:7 reminds us that “the angel of the Lord guards all who fear Him, and He rescues them.” As men and women who follow Christ, we are privileged to have His constant protection. The apostle John tells us that “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Yes, I believe that Jesus is greater than any situation or problem that we might face. And even if the problem lingers on, we can rest assured that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5b).
Isn’t it comforting to know that when we go through our hard times, we are not alone? We have one, who is closer than a brother, right there, beside us. The Psalmist says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4)
When faced with difficult situations, we should not fear nor be dismayed, because the LORD has promised to uphold us by His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). Our job is not to doubt Him but to trust Him to protect us or to come to our aid. There’s an interesting story in 2 Kings 6:15-17 that serves as a reminder for us that God is on our side, and hence we are on the winning side:
Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see ” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Dr. Charles Stanley in one of his In Touch Daily Devotionals of May this year gives a great commentary on the prophet Elisha and his attendant story. He starts off with some heart-searching questions:
If someone asks if you’re aware of God, what will you say? Maybe you’d reply, “I go to church, read my Bible, and pray all the time. I’m definitely aware of God.” But the real question is this: Are you aware of God’s presence and activity in your daily life?
This second question makes it a bit more personal, doesn’t it? It refers to God being in our daily lives all the time. We’d like to have that constant awareness of God’s presence, but it’s difficult. When hardships and trials come from nowhere, we sometimes feel confused. We may feel like God has left us so alone.
During difficult times, we might pray even harder and longer. We plead for help, but see little result. The problem is that our prayers usually revolve around our desires. Even when communicating with God, we may be aware only of ourselves, leaving the Lord out of the matter entirely.
At that point, we may find we’re not really talking to the Father at all; we’re talking to ourselves. Perhaps we’re focusing on the problem and actually wishing for the ability to handle it on our own. We can, in effect, become completely blind to how God may be working.
Second Kings 6:15-17 gives us a clear picture of what happens when we remove our self-centered blinders and truly see God’s hand at work. Open your eyes. You may be shocked to discover the help God has already sent your way.