Most people know me as being “health-conscious” (I prefer that term over “health nut.” It somehow sounds more sophisticated.). I’m one of those people who read the labels before I purchase a can of vegetables or a bag of chicken. I look for special words that every nutritionist frowns upon. You know the ones. Those mile-long words that indicate that the product will last for a million years if left on the shelf. Those words I choose to avoid. Their syllable length is scary enough.
However, there is one type of preservative I do appreciate and can’t do without. That is God’s protection, His means of keeping me out of harm’s way.
We live in a world full of evil, surrounded by contaminates that would seek to harm us. Accidents, sickness, violence, and poverty try their best to destroy our lives. We can try out best to protect ourselves – install burglar alarms, take lots of vitamins, and drive the speed limit. Even then we don’t have the power to protect ourselves from every unseen attack of the devil against our lives. We need Someone Who can see it all . . . and Who has the power to do something about it.
Psalm 121 says:
I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber or sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and our coming in from this time forth and even forevermore.
A can of food injected with chemicals has a way of warding off spoilage. It can sit, day after day, and go untouched. Even a couple of dents in the aluminum don’t seem to faze its stamina. Why? It’s been preserved.
In the same way, God injects our lives with His protection. His “bodyguard” policy was applied to us when we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It’s constant and unfailing as long as we stay close to the Bodyguard Who “neither slumbers nor sleeps.” We may get a few “dents” as the delivery truck transfers us from the warehouse to the store. We may get a few “rips” in our label when handled carelessly. Regardless of the number of “afflictions,” God has promised to deliver us out of them all (Psalm 34:19)!