"As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him" (Psalm 18:30).
We live in an imperfect world. Free will leads many into wrong choices that damage themselves and those around them. Drug addiction, sexual immorality, robbery or even murder can strip away peace, security and freedom. Consequences of sin may bind the perpetrator and victim to difficult and pain-filled lives unimaginable just days or weeks before the crime.
But the Word of God is called a shield for those who read it, trust it and speak it. In a world filled with doubt and desperation, God sent the Word incarnate, Jesus, to save us from sin and its consequences.
By reducing the amount of sin in the world, God has prevented untold acres of damage from occurring in our lives the lives of our loved ones. The beautiful human life that began in a stable in Bethlehem has truly saved me and you from much more pain than we could ever imagine.
As we walk through our lives, embracing God's word continues to protect and save us from many dangers and ill effects unknown to us. He is our shield.
God's Perfect Way
You may wonder about consequences suffered by the apparently innocent. What about the victim of a random robbery or the expectant mother mowed down by a drunk driver? Surely they didn't escape the consequences, you may assert.
True. The effects of sin may seem to have a randomness that remains unexplained to the human mind. Still, the Psalmist clearly wrote that God's way is perfect.
When I pray and expect instant results, sometimes the timing of the answer does not fit my plan. The resulting pain of waiting can feel unbearable. Isn't that where faith comes in? If we believe that God's way is perfect, His timing must also be perfect. Remember that He is arranging things, not just for you or me, but for everyone on Earth. What seems like a delay may be perfect timing when melded with all other future events.
If He saved us from tremendous amounts of wreckage by making us overcomers of our own sin nature, is He unjust because we still suffer some consequence for the sins of others? Not at all, because He writes the ending to our story.
The light and momentary troubles of this world are not to be compared to an eternity of joy and bliss with God. If for some reason His plan requires us to walk through hardships, we must keep the faith, believing He knows what is best for ourselves and everyone around us.
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (2 Corinthians 4:17).
In the end, we will shine like precious gems for eternity. Hold tight and trust Jesus in this special season.
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