The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you... Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Deuteronomy 33:27, 29
Jeff was miffed. He wrote, “Joni, to even say that God allows bad things to happen goes against his loving nature. God is good and he has absolutely nothing to do with the tragedies and awful things that happened in this world!” I thought back to the early days of my paralysis when I believed the same way. But it made me feel less trustful of God, not more. God seemed to be held hostage by bad things… things that were happening in my life! Surely the Bible has more to say about this.That’s when I stumbled upon Deuteronomy 33:27-29. There, I found a sturdy, wonderfully awesome view of God. He definitely has something to do with the awful things that happen in the world!
God is constantly protecting us from the full force of the Fall and the evil and suffering that goes with it. He is relentlessly shielding us. Time and again, he drives the devil away and rescues us from his wicked schemes. This sin-stained planet would have ripped apart at the seams long ago were it not for the restraining hand of God.
Second Thessalonians 2:6-7 says, “And now you know what is holding [the evil one] back… For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.” The Spirit of the Living God is the One who is “holding back” Satan and the suffering he instigates. Moment-by-moment God is engaged with suffering, restraining it and only allowing those harmful things to reach us which ultimately fit into his plan for your life!
Lord God, bless you for shielding, protecting, and preserving me this day. I rest in your everlasting arms for you are my refuge in this world of sin and woe.