Job. 38:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if
it had issued out of the womb? 9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof,
and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 10 And brake up for it my decreed
place, and set bars and doors, 11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no
further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
We are so busy with thinking and pondering the things that do happen that we
give little attention to the things that do not happen. Such things as not
falling down the stairs, not having something fall on your head, not being
angry at a particular circumstance, not losing your job, not being without
food, or not getting on that plane that later crashed are all things that are
in the hands of Almighty God.
Every day God keeps us from being hurt, being killed, or killing ourselves by
accident. Notice 2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word
of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. The
word "buckler" means a shield or a defense. Notice a cry for defense in Psalm
82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and
needy. God is our defense: Psalm 59:17 Unto thee, O my strength,
will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.
Each day that we live things happen so near us that we are not aware most of
the time that they are even present in our lives. Cars pass by closer than we
think. We have that "near" accident and think nothing about it. We do those
little "stupid" things that no one should do, and we take all of this for
granted; but we should not be so flippant about these little things. Every
time something does not happen to us, we are being helped and defended by
God. The only way something bad can happen is when our God allows it for
reasons that are known only in his perfect will.
ILLUSTRATION: Today I was driving home from taking my son to
his father-in-law's house. I drove up the hill leading to my house, and, as
usual, I looked around me and occasionally into my rear-view mirror. This
time, when I looked in the mirror, to my surprise was a deer running across
the road just a few feet behind my car.
In my mind and heart I said, "Thank you, Lord, for keeping me from hitting
that deer." How easy it would be for me to just take it for granted that I
did NOT hit a deer, but this time God's presence was real with me, and I knew
as well as he that this was yet another time that God was my buckler, my
helper, my protector.
Please, Lord, help us to see. Open my eyes that I may see those little
things that you do for me. They are wonderful and precious.