FAITHFUL IN GUARDING!
“But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one” (II Thessalonians 3:3).
Several kinds of evils play havoc in the world today. You do not know which evil will come and when it will come or whether it will be in the morning or evening. You have to unexpectedly face the snares and your legs face traps. But, what the Scripture says is “And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom” (II Timothy 4:18).
A tribal leader had a son he alone was supposed to occupy his father's throne after his regime. But in order to ensure that he was a fit candidate to succeed his father, certain tests were laid. The condition was that he should cross alone a terrible forest filled with wild beasts and robbers. He went into the forest with fear and shiver but there was no danger from any of the wild beasts. He crossed the forest unaffected and thus was crowned as the leader.
Only after the induction ceremony, his father disclosed the details of how he was able to cross the forest safely. When the son came to know that his father had followed him all the way into the forest to protect him from any danger, he was delighted. When God has placed so much of love in a worldly person, how loving He would be in protecting you from the evils.
During many occasions, you may not be aware that some evil or other is following you. Likewise, Jacob was not aware that Laban was going to commit evil against him. But God was faithful in noticing it. That night God appeared to Laban in the dream and cautioned him saying, “Be careful that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad” (Genesis 31:24, 29). God changed the hands which came to commit evil into hands making a covenant. Yes, He is faithful in protecting you from the evil.
The representatives of the king entered into a conspiracy to commit evil against Daniel. The king also gave orders to cast Daniel into the den of lions. But God was faithful in protecting Daniel from the evil. The king who went to the den of lions before sunrise asked Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” (Daniel 6:20).
Daniel replied, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you" (Daniel 6:21-22). Dear children of God, God of Daniel is faithful in protecting you from all evils.
To meditate: “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul” (Psalm 121:7).