God the Help of Those Who Seek Him

God the Help of Those Who Seek Him

Psalm 121
1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.

Dare to Believe

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See God’s Goodness In The Midst Of Evil

God does not play a game of counterattack with the devil—the devil does something bad, then God steps in to bring something good out of it. The truth is, when something bad happens, it is the devil reacting to something good that God has started. Look at what the devil is doing and see it in reverse.

You can see this is the Scriptures – When Christ was born, soldiers were sent to kill all baby boys under the age of two in Bethlehem. The folks in Bethlehem then would have seen only evil. But there were those like Mary who saw God’s goodness. They knew that God had sent a Savior into the world! The killing of the infants was just the devil’s reaction to the gift of salvation that God had sent.

With every new thing the devil throws at us, you must discern that the devil is trying to pervert and reverse what God is already doing. Then, you will know that something good is going to come out of it. Don’t just see the evil. See the good that God is already doing!

Leave Room for God to Work

Leave Room for God to Work

If someone says something nasty about you, and you hear about it and respond by saying something nasty in return, you and the other person are both in the wrong. A better option is to take the moral high ground and leave the matter with the Almighty, who judges the universe in fairness. That is the path of real faith. When we take matters into our own hands, we betray a lack of faith. We feel we need to avenge ourselves because we don’t trust God to work out the situation.

“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God” (Romans 12:19).

Once there was two children fighting in the sandbox. The first child throws sand in the second child’s face. The second child could return the gesture by throwing sand back, or he could wait for Mom to intervene. If he throws sand back, he has stooped to his sibling’s level and loses the moral high ground. Both children are now sand-throwers; neither is better than the other. Moreover, both are liable for punishment. If the second child waits for justice to proceed from his mother, though, he retains the moral high ground and goes unpunished. His sibling will receive discipline that is probably more severe than the sand-in-the-face action. This is the approach Paul recommends.

Paul does recommend a backward type of revenge. He says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). We are overcome by evil when we return it. When we repay evil with evil, we become evil. Paul recommends repaying evil with good, and he quotes a proverb to demonstrate the efficacy of this approach:

“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” (Proverbs 25:21-22)

Excerpt from the Weekly eDrash.

Prayer for Schools

Almighty God, it says in Psalm 91:11 that you will command your angels to guard us in all our ways. Because of that promise we ask you to shield our students from anyone who may want to cause violence against them. Set your angels at each school entrance to protect our kids from evil. Commission angels to patrol classrooms and hallways, dispelling fear and vain imagination, and causing godly decisions. Pour out your peace we ask in Jesus name, Amen.