Friday, August 21, 2009

I received an email this morning that said this:

"The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you."

Sounds good, doesn't it? But how true is it? That depends on how you look at it.

One way to read that saying is that when you are in God's will, He will protect you from physical harm. Are we always protected from harm? What about my brother, who got punched in the face one time for witnessing to a fellow? Did he suffer harm because he was out of God's will? Are the brave believers who suffer torture and death for their stand for Christ, out of God's will?

While I have heard of and experienced many times God's blessings and protection from harm, I do not believe that being right with God is an automatic shield of protection from physical harm.

Another way to read that saying is that when you are in God's will, His grace can keep you in spite of adverse circumstances! We who are His own can experience security in His grace, whether experiencing a storm or smooth sailing, and peace that no one around us can understand. If you have been a child of God for any length of time, I'm sure you can identify!

Even though we are walking with the Lord (and sometimes because we are walking with the Lord), Christians WILL suffer adversity and hardships. The difference is that those who have a relationship with the Creator are able to rise above those circumstances and ride out the storm with calm assurance instead of fear and uncertainty.


Tammy said...

Amen! I have thought alot about that quote lately myself. - And you have expressed the conclusions that I have come to.

billy p. said...

Good blog Tammy. I think this one concept is tied to what keeps a lot of people from God. And that is how can a good God let bad things happen.

David, Amy, & Sophie said...

I think of Paul, and especially his letter to the Philippians (chapter 1)- good examples of Paul actively deciding to make lemonade out of lemons, again and again! He certainly wasn't spared adversity, was he? Why do I think I ought to be??

The term of our apartment lease is about up. Looking around for other options - including land to build on. Land is high priced here!!

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

Wow, i am a first time visitor, and will most surely return. Your light shines bright for Christ! God Bless!