Scripture has taught us that if we are faithful and true to God, He will deliver us from harm and danger. Hence, the reason why David, the Old Testament Patriarch, wrote in Psalm 23, “Even though I walk through a valley of death, I will fear no evil.
The story of the three Hebrew boys depicted in the book of Daniel is yet another example of God building a fence of protection around those who loved Him.
When King Nebuchadnezzar flexed his muscles and ordered three Hebrew boys thrown in a furnace-because, they refused to bow to him or worship his golden image. He thought they would serve as an example for others who disobeyed his orders.
But when the King walked by the furnace, he saw four men in the furnace walking around in the fire. Nebuchadnezzar was naturally confounded. But you needn’t be because you and I will never know what God will do to protect us; all you need to do is trust Him.
It seems to me that most of us do not have a clear picture of who the God we worship is. If you asked ten Christians who God is, you are likely to get ten different answers. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that we all have debatable notions of who God is.
But, if the patriarch and former Shepherd, David were still here he would paint a clearer picture of who God is. Here is how David described God:
Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Bible GatewayKing James Version (KJV)
It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that God does not need you to defend Him or even apologize for Him. All He wants you to do is represent Him. So, go out there and be that beacon on the hill. And let your light shine.
1Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
“The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” –Zephaniah 3:17
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” –Isaiah 40:28-31
Our commitment to follow Christ should be a lifelong undertaking. But sometimes we need encouragement to help us along the way. Because as humans we are prone to making decisions that are often not in our best long-term interests.
Back in Biblical Days, God uses the prophet Isaiah as a mouthpiece, to encourage and educate the people. In Isaiah 41, and verse 10 God offered the people words of encouragement. It was at a time when the people were going through tough times from the hands of the king of Assyria. The people had grown impatient with God. They thought He was not answering their prayers for freedom. Many of them had lost their way. But through the prophet, Isaiah, God was able to get His message through to the people. He reminded them that He was still their God. And His promises to them holds.
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand”, (Isaiah 40:10).
Contemporary Christian music band, MercyMe, is like a present-day Isaiah. They encourage and educate people through songs. Here is one of their most inspiring testimonies. “Even If”.