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Online Bible Verses - Psalm 121: 7 - 8 - The LORD will keep you from harm
“The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
Thinking about this theme as I drove into work this morning. It rings true. Two types of danger we are subject to in this world:
1. That which we put ourselves in due to poor decision.
2. Danger which comes as a result of a fallen creation. A type of danger which applies to every living thing.
#2 is perhaps the tougher to reconcile. Why do bad things happen to good people? Time to veer off on a bit of a tangent, but we will come back. That term “good people”. Is anyone truly good? Refer to Romans 3:23. Creation has fallen, and so did man. We are not born good, just the opposite. I did not have to train my kids to be selfish. Come to think of it, my mom did not have to train me to be either. Rather, it has been my job to steer them otherwise.
A better question might be, why do such horrific things happen in world created by a loving and perfect God anyhow? Keeping it close to home, why am I aware of such disappointing tendencies within myself? The answer lies within the whole of scripture, when we couple the following concepts together:
A perfect God creates and establishes perfection. His prospective children are given free will, as any legitimate relationship requires willing participation on both ends. Statistics, being that math is also perfect, demand some would, and did, choose to go their own way. Perfection becomes less than perfect, which requires infinite separation from it. In order to compensate, what would a perfect parent do in perfect love? He would step in and compensate for His kids. Which is what He did.
And where does that leave us today? In a dangerous world, but with a God who will look out for us if we choose to walk with Him. Took some big bumps and bruises to convince me of that, but I am more than happy to rely on Him now. Too many things to hurt me out in this mine field, things I cannot see. So for now, I ask Him to watch out for me and my family, and wait hopefully for a time when He will fix and restore this flawed earth. He tells me that time is coming soon.