Monday, July 25, 2016

Pastor's Ponderings, July 25, 2016

We Can Trust God For His Protection

In March 2014, the world was transfixed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 traveling from Malaysia to China, which had gone missing, and later pieces of the plane were found. Disturbingly, an article in the New York magazine, July 22, 2016 was entitled, “MH370 Pilot Flew a Suicide Route on His Home Simulator Closely Matching Final Flight inferring that the pilot himself had deliberately crashed the plane. Furthermore, an article in Aviation Service Magazine in December 2013 reported that since the mid-1970s, air-crash investigations discovered eight others in which intentional actions by a pilot or co-pilot to bring down an aircraft were either confirmed or suspected.

Although flying is the safest kind of transportation, Karen Clarke Sheard most accurately sings, “The safest place in the whole wide world is in the will of God.”  What is the will of God for your life?  Where does He want you to be and what does He want you to do? God wants us to stay in, settle ourselves in and live under His protection (Psalm 91:1, 3).  While terrorists of all stripes and all types of grievances are planning new and different type of terror inducing activities, we have to remember that God promises to cover us (Psalm 91:4).  He reminds us in the Bible that we are not to put trust in human beings (Psalm 118:8).

We must put our total trust in the One that can truly deliver, protect, and guide us during our lives. While, some may rely on their good luck charms, their own resources or other people to protect them in this increasingly uncertain world, those who love the Lord will make a far better choice.  They will totally rely on the One that is the source of everything (Psalm 20:7). Let us confidently trust God for our protection today.

Psalm 91:1, 3, 4
New International Version (NIV)
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalm 118:8
New International Version (NIV)
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.

Psalm 20:7
New International Version (NIV)
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God

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