There are many of us who have this testimony: “If it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be?” This testimony, and the words of the psalmist in Psalm 142, asserts simply that God through situations is an ever-present help. God is a protector. God protects us from situations, people, evil spirits, and even our flesh. The truth is as we go through life’s journey, we will find ourselves in some dangerous situations; in some places that are unsafe; and will require physical and divine protection. God is able to provide both.
Often we find that are circumstances are so overwhelming that we cannot protect ourselves. The reason we cannot fend for ourselves is because there are times that we do not know when we are under attack.
Unfortunately conspirators, people not on our side, or people who do not want us to do well plot against us without us even knowing. They set traps for us of which we are unaware. But God knows, and he protects from these schemes and plans. Sometimes God will permit us to find out about them. Other times we walk through life without even knowing of the dangers that we face, because God blocks them all. The Lord is on our side. When evil spirits seek to attack us, our artillery may not be enough to deal with them. That is when God really covers us from the arrows of our enemies.
God is able and will cover us if we let God. Just as children may do, when God is trying to protect us and block some things from happening to us, we may not know what is going on or think we know better. We get upset with God. We poke our lips out and throw temper tantrums. Rather than allowing God to protect us, we expose ourselves to dangers, hurts, and pain. If we had just listened to God, we could have avoided it all. We have to remember that the Lord is on our side.
Although it is embarrassing to my son, I keep a close eye on him at the football games. I stand near him when he is with his friends, and I search diligently through crowds of teenagers to make sure I have an eye on him. He does not like it, and sometimes he tries to hide. I don’t care if he is mad, embarrassed, or tries to hide from me, because my job is to protect him. This is how God interacts with us.
He keeps a close eye on us, because some of us just have the keen ability to find trouble or to get into trouble. We need God’s eye on us so that he can protect us from those spirits out there that seek to draw us into mischief and sin, and to help us make good choices so that we do not get involved in situations that could potentially destroy us. God does not care if we get mad or if we get embarrassed—God knows what is best. He loves us beyond our anger and embarrassment.
When we realize what could have happened to us if it had not been for the Lord on our side, our attitude will turn to gratitude. We will testify this: If not for the Lord on my side, where would I be?