My wife and I are reintroducing ourselves to the television series starring the lawyer, Perry Mason. Reminds me how easy it is to judge and how critical it is for me not to. I was always taught that my name was always a precious reputation but keeping that name is not always up to me. Just the idea that God knew I could be wrongfully accused and that He set up provision for these things makes me feel that my name nestled in the palm of His hand is the best place for me to be.
After you have crossed the Jordan River and are settled in Canaan, choose Safe Towns, where a person who has accidentally killed someone can run for protection. If the victim’s relatives think it was murder, they might try to take revenge.[c] Anyone accused of murder can run to one of these Safe Towns for protection and not be killed before a trial is held. There are to be six of these Safe Towns, three on each side of the Jordan River. They will be places of protection for anyone who lives in Israel and accidentally kills someone. – Numbers 35:10-15 CEV
I grew up hearing stories of missionaries who shared stories of how angels came to the aid of those who were under attack. Many quoted Psalm 91 and I am glad my mother made us kids memorize that Psalm at an early age. I have used it many times. Satan tried to manipulate Jesus in the desert with the temptation of security and comfort in line with this whole idea. Thankfully Jesus showed how to discern what real protection looked like.
The Scriptures say: ‘God will tell his angels to take care of you. They will catch you in their arms, and you will not hurt your feet on the stones.’” – Luke 4:10-11 CEV
I try not to put God to the test, but I have no fear when I walk a dark ally, or go across a vacant parking lot during the day or night. Somehow I know it is not my time to go home and that God has a lot of work for me to do. My wife says angels work on overtime when I leave the house. I just preached a sermon on the Holy Spirit’s work as our Helper. Fits right into this thought. I believe our lives of peace come from leaving our hands in God’s – even when things are going terrible. If I do not leave it in God’s hand, whose hand is big enough to hold it and keep it safe?
Father, I am thankful that You want to protect me and keep me safe. I love the fact that You care for me very much. Even so, there are days I start without You. Forgive for those moments when I think my life is too important for You.