The Lord is our Keeper
This week's focus: Protection
May the Lord bless you and keep you… Numbers 6:24
In the dictionary, one of the definitions of the word keep is “to guard, defend, and protect.” When used as a noun, keep means, “the innermost and strongest structure or central tower of a castle.” Proverbs 18:10 assures us that, “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
What a blessing it is to know that the Almighty God is our keeper! When we run to Him, our strong tower, we can rest knowing that His protection provides life, peace, safety, confidence, and victory. However, if we reject the Lord and run away from Him, we will be kept by the sins we choose. Some people are kept by their addictions, some are kept by their greed, some are kept by their pride... and the list goes on. The reward from seeking happiness in temporary things– is temporary happiness. When it’s gone, it is easy to give in to hopelessness and despair.
God’s children are not exempt from trials and heartache, but because of Jesus, we don’t have to grieve like those who have no hope. On this side of eternity, no one is getting out of this life pain-free; not even our Savior was exempt. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 5:8, “even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered.” God often uses the fires of life to refine us and deepen our relationship with Him. We are being trained to trust Him in every situation and this trust provides us with inner joy and peace that is eternal.
With the Lord as our example, let us follow His lead to guard, protect, and keep what is valuable: the sanctity of human life, our religious freedoms, and strong families and marriages. Let us also remember that as Christians, we are our brother’s keeper and should have compassion and support for those in need. Ultimately, whatever we do for others, we do for Him.
With that being said, may the Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.
- Numbers 6:24-26
May the Lord bless you and keep you…
Pray: Dear Lord, thank You for being my defender and protector. You are my God; in You I trust.
Think: Don't hide from the Lord, instead let Him hide you. His nearness brings both comfort and protection. "You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7
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