Word for the Day
The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever. (Psalm 121:7-8)
Pastor Spencer - Our personal experience tells us that God’s protection against “all harm” does not mean that we will always be protected against every and all pain and suffering. God is promising to protect our soul in those circumstances. In everything we undergo, God will keep us from losing our saving faith or from suffering decisive spiritual damage. This is essential if we are to be kept from falling into despair in this evil and sin-sick world. When Jesus tells us: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul,” He clearly implies that we may indeed be killed physically. But He is speaking with the backdrop of eternity in heaven. If we focus only on the worldly and the present and immediate future, our physical well-being will take on enormous proportions, and we can destroy our confidence in God through fretting and worrying. We will only be able to see things in their right perspective in the light of eternity. God’s protection reaches into eternity; “both now and forevermore.” Now, it's true that it sounds contradictory to say that God protects us in our whole life, but at the same time, that our body and earthly life remains so vulnerable. But this paradox shows us the two sides of our life as a child of God in a sin-filled and broken world. We can't always see precisely how the two pieces fit together but nearly all Believers experience both times of sickness, injury, and loss, and also times of divine intervention and healing. The “coming and going” here refers primarily to the coming and going through the Temple gate in the Old Testament. But the added phrase, “both now and forevermore” shows it to be also true in the context of eternity. Thus, it covers the time that is spent both doing God's will and not, much like His protecting us in "all our ways." This does not mean God approves of sin, but only that He does not abandon us because we give in to temptation at times. God gives us the promise: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age!"