In the world but not of it

March 19, 2010

Provision, protection and providence…

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All this happened so they would follow his decrees and obey his instructions. Psalms 105:45

Psalms 105 serves as a memoir of God’s provision, protection and providence in the lives of the nation of Israel. In forty-five verses we see one proof point after another of how the Lord worked in the lives of His people.

In Deuteronomy 4:40 God said “If you obey all the decrees and commands I am giving you today, all will be well with you and your children. I am giving you these instructions so you will enjoy a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”

Perhaps God’s will for our lives seems like a mystery at times but there is no mystery when it comes to understanding that God’s Word and the instructions found within it are designed to be followed so that we may enjoy all He has for us. I dare not call this a formula for success but in many ways it does have the same characteristics.

Can you look back on your own life and see a Psalm 105 in the making? When was the last time you sat with the Lord, worshiping Him and calling to remembrance the many acts He did on your behalf to provide for you in times of need, to protect you from situations that were completely out of your control and to guide you with His providence downs paths you would have otherwise missed?

And that is just for the things we are aware of. How many events, situations, circumstances, etc…have occurred in our lives that we had no awareness about that the Lord did know of and dealt with on our behalf.

We all want the assurance that the Lord is with us and that God is on our side, especially in times of need and difficulty. But as verse 45 in Psalms 105 and Deuteronomy 4:40 suggest, the question will always be whether we are on God’s side.

There are two key takeaways for us in this passage. First, it starts with worship and thankfulness for our Lord and how He cares for us and less time just asking for things.

While it is important to cast our cares on Him and go to Him with our needs, big or small, a loving relationship is founded on the expression of love, the give and not just the take.

Second, our willingness to walk with the Lord in everything we do and say will be in direct proportion with what we can expect from Him. This statement is not about rituals or do’s and don’ts.  It is not to say that if I do this then God must do that. An employee who shows up for work every other day and when they do show up stays for only 30 minutes would not be considered a committed employee.

In fact, assuming they were allowed to stay, they would remove themselves from receiving all the benefits the company had to offer. They would miss out on several events and conversations. They would eventually become confused about their role and purpose and even how the company viewed them.

As Christians we can remove ourselves from the place of blessing and miss out on so much that the Lord has for us if we decide that we will only spend time in the Word every other day, talk to God occasionally and then go on the rest of the time living for ourselves.

Provision, protection, providence…

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