How comforting is it to know that we have a heavenly Father who loves us no matter what?
In the Old Testament, God traveled with the Israelites in different forms to protect them. The Israelites knew that their God was fighting for them because they could physically see God going before them and behind them.
We may not be able to see God moving physically in front of us, but we can have the same confidence that He has gone before us in our past, present and future. We are His people, and He protects us from physical, emotional and spiritual harm.
“For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”
When we do face physical, emotional and spiritual harm, it’s easy to try and take matters into our own hands. When we’re sad, it’s easy to distract ourselves with social media, friends or work. When we’re hurt, it’s easy to get frustrated and try and force healing before it’s time.
BUT, calling on God, our defender, is our ultimate superpower! When you ask Him to rise up for you, He will! Call on Him to do his own will, trusting that it is perfect and best.
“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
We may think that we can change our future or protect ourselves from harm, but God already knows the plans that He has for you! If God promises us that His plans are for our ultimate good, our ultimate hope, we can trust that his will is better than our own.
How much better can the God of the Universe defend me, more than I can defend myself? How much better is His plan for me than the plan I have for myself? I think we can all agree that we want Him on our team!
After that, it is all a matter of Faith. We can know that God is not only our defender but the best defender. The question is: do we believe it? Do we trust that He will do what He says He will do?
We are not the only people to ask these questions, they were asked many times in the Bible as well. When one man’s son was facing spiritual harm in Mark 9, Jesus says that He can heal him. The man had to trust that Jesus could do what He says He will do. So the man proclaimed,
“I do believe; help my unbelief.”
We can ask, just like this man in the Bible, for God to help our unbelief. We can say to Him, “I trust You to do what is best in my life, help me to not doubt your will.” As we have questions about the Lord’s will in our pain, we can tell Him about it. God is bigger than the harm that comes our way and bigger than the questions we have for Him. Be bold — we have God as our defender.