OBSERVATION: Have you ever heard the expression – “I’ve got your back?” This is a common expression that is meant to convey a care and concern of one person for the other. It is a promise of protection from that which may bring harm to another. When we say this to another person it shows our commitment to them. As wonderful as this sentiment is, it is very limited in its scope. I can only do one thing for someone else. I can either look out for them ahead, or look out for them from behind. Yet, I cannot do both! What an awesome confirmation of God’s love for us in that He alone can, and He alone does do both for us. The Lord guards His children as they come and go!
This is not a promise to quickly read and then pass by. It is a sobering promise that is worthy of meditation and reflection. Think about how often we are consumed with worry about the past and its affects on our future, or about the future and what lies ahead that will impact our present. We have no power to change the past, and we have no power to direct the future. So we stand in our present and worry. Yet, there is one who holds our past, watches over our present, and directs our future. It is the Lord of all Creation, the Almighty God, our Savior and Redeemer. He promises this care to us both now – and forever! Jesus walked in this full assurance of the Father’s care, and we can too!
- “So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? “Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or gather the harvest into barns. Yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? “Can any of you add a single hour to your life by worrying? “And why worry about clothes? Notice how the flowers grow in the field. They never work or spin yarn for clothes. But I say that not even Solomon in all his majesty was dressed like one of these flowers. That’s the way God clothes the grass in the field. Today it’s alive, and tomorrow it’s thrown into an incinerator. So how much more will he clothe you people who have so little faith? “Don’t ever worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ Everyone is concerned about these things, and your heavenly Father certainly knows you need all of them. But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you. “So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-34 GW)
Think about this wonderful truth! Let your heart embrace this wonderful promise! Open the eyes of your heart to see and understand the loving care and concern of the Father! Through Jesus death and resurrection our past has been redeemed, our present secured, and our future promised! He has given us His Holy Spirit to be our constant comfort and guide. He has delivered us from the guilt and shame of our past. He is empowering us to walk in the power of His Word and Spirit in our present. And He is assuring us of our blessed hope of full redemption in our future. And in all of this – He has committed to meeting all of our needs according to His glory and riches in Christ Jesus! Oh, what a wonderful promise! Oh, what blessed assurance! Oh, what an anchor of hope!
Lord, open the eyes of my heart to see, to hear, and to understand. YOU guard me from every evil. YOU guard my life. YOU guard me as I come and go, now and forever. You have my past, my present, and my future in Your mighty hand! Thank You for Your Faithfulness! Thank You for Your Love! Thank You for Your Holy Spirit who walks with me moment by moment and reminds me that I am Yours!
In Jesus Name!