Protection from God

For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
— Isaiah 25:4

The economy looks a whole lot better than it did a few years ago from the Great Recession. The gas prices have come down, the housing market looks better and at least here in Texas the economy looks better. But I'm sure there are many who are still reeling from the effects of the 2008 economic disaster that rocked many of our lives. In those years gas prices were around $4 a gallon, foreclosures were on the rise, and the price of necessities such as food and electricity were at an all-time high, many families were struggling to survive. Many struggled to keep food on the table, and a roof over their heads and there were some families who were at the breaking point, a point where they were just waiting for the final notice on their home. Many who were effected by that economic drought were probably asking "how a loving God could let this happen." I've heard that same question asked more times than I can remember.

Sudden disasters make me think of the Lords disciple In Matthew 8. In one moment the Lord's disciples were sailing along smoothly and then at the next they were fearful for their lives, waiting for the monster waves to crush their little boat and bury them in the deep sea.

Then, take a look at Job, how everything was glorious and then in an instant his whole world was turned upside down and it was without warning or reason. All at once, everything that could go wrong, did. Some of you like Job have faced sickness, and without health insurance the bills have been too much to bear. And like Job, you've probably wondered what God's plan was for you.

Dr. Harold Willmington's said it best in his book, "Guide to the Bible," "Did you know that Job was never told why he suffered? The reason he suffered was to silence the devil... and the reason you are suffering now is not because of your sins, not because of your failures, but to silence the devil..." In other words, to prove to the devil that you love God not for what He has given you, but for who He is.

I love the outcome in the story of Job. Despite all of the suffering Job went through, God protected Him telling Satan he could not take Job's life. God's protection for Job is a perfect picture of how He protects all of His children. Remember that God has a plan for you, a plan for success and to glorify Him. God is a protector of His children, just like He protected the Hebrews from Pharaoh, fed them with manna, and led them to the Promised Land.

Just like those disciples, Job and the Israelite's, who were once Pharaoh’s slaves, we may not understand why these hardships come, and why our faith is shaken. We may never know what is going on in the spiritual realm or the background of the great scheme of life, but we can know that God is in control, and that He has great plans for us. And like those before us, He will reward us for our faith and our sufferings with blessings greater than we expect or can even imagine. Remember, our God is a strength to the poor and needy in distress, and a refuge from the storm. God Bless!