I am so thankful for God’s promises. They are a life line to my soul and I can tell you hundreds of examples where they have proven true in my life and the lives of my loved ones. When reading scripture, I get all kinds of feels and sweet memories when I come across a familiar promise… 90% of the time. There is 1 promise however, yes Psalm 91 I am talking to you, that just unnerves me.
I was recently at the beach with my husband, and he showed me something he was sharing on Facebook. It was a video of God’s promises. I was enjoying the video until the screen read “I will protect you.” Stop right there. All set with your video. Why do I cringe at this? It was time to get real with God. I have grown in my faith and understanding of so many things. When it comes to this promise, I am stunted.
“I will protect you.” It just doesn’t ring truth to me. Just look at our world. I know too many stories, including my own, where children are hurt, abused, and neglected. “I will protect you.” Christians are killed, persecuted and abused every single day. “I will protect you.” People die of diseases and accidents and are hurt daily. “I will protect you.” People are raped, abandoned, and lives are destroyed. “I will protect you.” Don’t misunderstand me. I understand that the Lord has protected us in more ways than I could ever know. I am speaking about when He doesn’t.
So I asked God. (Don’t worry He is used to this from me.) “God, I am confused.” This is what He said. “What if protecting you from hell is enough?” I can barely breath as I write that. Enough? It is everything. “What if my promise of protection is wrapped up in the death of my son?” (John 3:16) I weep. I am set free.
Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” We are not promised a life free from pain. We are not living in Heaven. Frankly, we are the ones who invited sin to that party. However, God’s protection came in the way of his son’s death on the cross and John 3:16 promises that “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” “I will protect you.” I get it now.