Whenever we go to a physician for care, we are normally greeted by someone who takes our “vital signs” and then asks us to describe our “symptoms” - our reason for wanting to talk with a physician. These symptoms or vital signs are indicators - early warning signs - of a deeper or more serious condition that describes an illness or potential health issue that may require some sort of treatment.
One of the gifts that we have through the grace and mercy of God is His love that surrounds us and His arms that protect us. “He guards the lives of His faithful,” wrote the Psalmist, “and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.” Our God is there to prevent the “illnesses” caused by sin that could destroy us who want to be faithful to Him.
One of the most influential saints of God was C.I. Scofield. He is the author of the Scofield Study Bible - no doubt one of the most widely used and perhaps most influential study Bible that was ever published.
“Shortly after my conversion,” he once wrote, “I saw a picture of Daniel in the den of lions. His hands were behind him, and the lions were circling him. It reminded me of myself. The one thing I was in fear of was that I might go back to my sins. But as I stood before that picture, a great hope and faith came into my heart. I said, ‘Why these lions are all about me - my old habits and sins - the God that shut the mouths of the lions for Daniel can shut them for me.’ And He did!”
God promises that He will guard us and guide us, defend us and deliver us from the “hand of the wicked.” But only if we are faithful to call on Him!
Prayer: Thank You, Father, that we may look to You for deliverance from the sins that would so easily destroy us. May we find protection in Your care. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: He guards the lives of His faithful and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10b