November 7, 2018

Life Guard

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 7, 2018

If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?  Proverbs 24:12

The Lord guards our life. This does not mean trouble does not traverse in our comings and goings, but it does mean He is always there for us. His presence is our protector, but not to the point of precluding our free will. His guard is meant to be a reminder of righteous living and wise choices. “Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 97:10).

As our Lifeguard He lets us swim in waters that are both safe and dangerous. We are wise if we stay close to His channel of choices and not float away from His will. Wrong choices lead to repercussions reciprocated by unrighteous acts. Right choices steer us on a course that is easy to bless. Indeed, His angels are available to serve your needs. Jesus experienced this in His wilderness, “Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him” (Matthew 4:11).

You also have angels waiting to attend to your body and soul.

Your life is precious to your Heavenly Father. He longs for you to love Him and learn of His ways. His heart hurts when His children rebel or worry over the cares of this world. It may be your work that has you wringing your hands. You have done everything you know to do. You have cut costs, become extremely creative, even shortened workweeks, but the future is still uncertain. In your economic instability you can be certain that He who guards your life also guards your livelihood. Money may go but not His provision.

So as He guards your life, guard the lives of others. People are your greatest asset and hard times give you the opportunity to make hard choices that validate your care for your employees. Don’t give in to the fear of finances, but remain faithful to do what’s right and He will provide in His timing. Leaders learn how to really lead in lean times. Practice during difficult days the values you discussed during the days of abundance. The Lord is your Lifeguard and is a model for you to do the same for others.

“You have ten thousand guardians in Christ” (1 Corinthians 4:15).

Prayer

Lord, I lean into Your protection and peace, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Application

Am I at peace with the Lord’s protection? Do I cover the backs of those in my care?


Related Reading

Psalm 44:21; Proverbs 5:21; Luke 4:10; Philippians 4:7


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