"God Is Always on His Post"- Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 - submitted by Dianne Prince
We all need encouragement daily. The degree to which encouragement is needed depends on the intensity of the challenge with which you are confronted on a given day. The measure of strength needed at a given point in the day is in direct proportion to the magnitude of an unexpected problem.
Emotionally, you can be high on the mountaintop one minute and a discouraging word from a spouse, a friend, a co-worker or an acquaintance can bring you down in an instant. You can be soaring in the spirit one minute and an unexpected phone call can put a hole in your balloon the next.
I remember as I was growing up, when presented with a problem from one of her eight children, my mother always had a scripture for everything. Psalm 121 is one of those she gave me that I hid in my heart. To me, it seemed like no matter what my issue was, my mother always gave me that same scripture—Psalm 121. And, it always lifted my spirits, gave me hope, and made everything in my limited world okay.
Psalm 121 is a scripture with which we are all familiar. It can be depended on to restore encouragement to a disillusioned mind. It can be leaned on to restore hope to a spirit in despair. Psalm 121 assures us that our help is from God. It outlines the kind of protection He will give us. And it confirms that God is well able to provide for us.
When in despair, in order to be lifted up, you must look up. Do not look around to people for help. People will fail you. Do not look around to your material possessions—money, cars and land—to get you out of a tight spot. Material resources are limited. All is takes is one medical event to totally wipe out your bank account. All it takes is one natural disaster to totally destroy your property. All it takes is one layoff to put you in a position where you are not able to provide for your family and yourself. Thus, your focus has to be on someone who has power over money, power over houses, power over land, and power over jobs, people, and events. That someone is Almighty God. All your help, your strength, your material blessings, your motivation, and your inspiration come from the all powerful God of heaven and earth.
God is well able to protect you. He is overly capable to provide for you. God is proficient to supply your every need—spiritual, mental, emotional, psychological, material, and physical. God is so powerful until He does not need any sleep. He does not get tired after delivering you from a major incident. He does not need a nap after snatching you from the grips of the enemy. “Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:4)
God is watching you ever so closely. His surveillance is on you every second, every minute, and every hour— twenty-four hours a day. Unlike surveillance video that you watch after the fact, after the catastrophe, or after the damage is done, God knows what is going to happen before it happens. He reacts instantly. He sees your every move. He protects you from danger real-time. He instantaneously guards you from hazards that will take you out. And, He shields you from threats to your very being on the spot. “He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:3)
Do not let your problems keep you up at night. Why? God is up all night. He is on His post to protect you. Nothing can get to you because it has to come past Him first. Nothing can get past God unless He allows it. So, you might as well give your problems to Him, roll over and go to sleep.
God shields you from everything and everyone who intends to harm you. He shields you from man. He shields you from the enemy and His imps. He shields you from nature and He even shields you from yourself. God guards your very life. He guards you when you leave home, while you are away, and when you return. God guarded you in the past. He is guarding you right now. And He will guard you always.
While you are asleep and while you are awake, “The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:8) God is on His job. He is keeping you safe and secure.