Protect or Provide (Psalm 97:10-11)

Why did a loving God let this happen? How many times have people made this statement? I ask myself, “Why are they even asking such a question?” I guess some time along their lives they were told and concluded that God would keep evil from happening to them. Oh, what a wonderful thought, but is it true? I am sorry to say and also glad to say that it is not true. Think of the biblical examples that oppose this view: Abel, Adam and Eve (death of a son), Esau, Joseph, Dinah, Tamar (raped), David, the victims of Eli’s sons, and Israel as a nation. In fact, run down the list in Hebrews 11 and you must conclude that God had never promised to keep evil from happening to us.

In order for him to protect us from all evil, he would need to control every human being. That was not his plan. He gave angels their free will and one third of them kept not their first estate, but instead followed Lucifer. God has given man a free will and that decision is a major factor in his plan. Because man has a free will and that free will is a vital aspect of a God’s plan, he rarely intervenes in the actions of men. On occasions when God has intervened, we call them miracles.

What God did promise was that he would deliver our soul from that evil. God did not promise to stop people from doing harm to us or to keep harm from coming into our lives. What he promises is that whatever occurs, he will provide for us what we need so that our soul would be delivered from every evil. Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous,and gladness for the upright in heart. (Psalms 97:10-11)

For the righteous, there is one thing that we can be most confident: God will sow into our hearts that which we need so that our souls will be preserved, guarded or protected from being overcome by evil. He may not stop the problem from occurring like we desire, but he will stop the problem from destroying us.

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