God’s Provision and Protection
“Oh! how sure and safe is the inner life of the believer! If all the powers of earth and hell could combine against it, that immortal principle must still exist, for He who gave it pledged His life for its preservation. An who ‘is He that shall harm you,’ when God is your protector?” – Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, November 18 Morning.
Devastation and destruction, whether caused by the forces of nature or our personal experiences, reap a toll on the human spirit. As I was reading my Bible and devotion this morning, it struck me that believers and non-believers alike go through similar life experiences, but Christians have the promise of God’s provision and protection.
Now many would want to believe that this means physical safety or that our perceived needs are always met, but God’s knowledge and vision is so much more powerful than our fallible, human concepts.
Specifically, God’s provision is the promise of salvation for the elect:
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13, ESV
We can trust in God’s protection, that He will be glorified through us:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30, ESV
No matter what we humanly experience, God’s understanding and strength are infinite:
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:3-5, ESV