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This Isn’t How I Thought it was Going to Be

Psalm 121

Verse 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—He will watch over your life;

We touched a little bit yesterday on the point that Jesus will take care of us both spiritually and physically but does that mean that we will never face any pain or sickness in life?

There are many false teachers in our world today that would like us to believe that if we put our trust in Jesus we will never face any physical ailment. In Bible times there was a belief system that if a person did have ailments it was because they or their parents had sinned (John 9:2-3). Today there are those who read Psalm 91 and say it is proof that God doesn’t want anyone who is a Christian to get sick. But Jesus said during His sermon on the mountain that God causes sunshine and rain to come to both the good and bad, the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45).

So what are we to do with this phrase by the psalmist that says He will keep us from harm? First we need to remember that this is poetry and not promise literature. Of course the same is true of Psalm 91. While it is true that He has set angels to guard over His chosen people, there are times, as with the cases of the man born blind in John 9 and Lazarus (John 11), where it is for God’s glory that one endures an illness or deformity for at least a certain time period.

This can be a danger of the false teaching of health, wealth and happiness. People may half-heartedly turn to Jesus because they are looking for what they are being told He gives. When the hard times come they think Jesus hasn’t helped them so they don’t need Him. Trials and troubles in life can be hard enough to deal with without having the thought that Christ is against you.

The psalmist wasn’t just waxing poetic with this statement. The Lord does keep us from harm when it serves His purpose and we can be sure that the second part of this verse is true, He will watch over our lives. Nothing happens in our life without His knowledge and we can know that He is still in control and will use whatever happens in our lives for His glory and our good (Romans 8:28).

Making It Personal

Have you ever wondered why God has let you go through something? What did you learn as you went through it? Do you trust Him to help you through the next trial?

Making It Personal Kids

Does it feel like Jesus has forgotten about you when you feel sick or stressed? Would Jesus ever leave you? Since you know that Jesus will never leave you, what do you think that He could be helping you learn during times of sickness and stress?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for the promise that You will never leave us. Help us learn to trust You no matter what comes our way as we know You have plans for it to bring You glory and grow us to be more like You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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