In troubled times such as these, we must “fix” our gaze on Jesus and with dogged focus “hold firm to our confidence and hope in which we glory” while we faithfully continue to walk in obedience and reverence to God.
The same God-given faith that allowed Daniel to walk through fire unharmed, that allowed Joseph to thrive and witness even after being sold into slavery, that allowed David to stand against a giant and prevail, lives in us.
This psalm is about how God protects us on earth. There is nowhere outside of God’s domain, which is a comfort when you find yourself in the desert. Even when we sleep, God keeps watch.
Part of living like a disciple of Christ is recognizing the foolish and scandalous nature of the cross, which stands in stark opposition to the pride and self-love that dominate our Orpah-ian responses in the ebb and flow of Christian life.
When people tell me that God was “telling” them to do something, to follow some certain path, or sometimes telling them not to do something, I’ll admit I feel envious that God so clearly speaks to them. “Why doesn’t God speak like that to me?” I ask myself.
As it turns out, God knew he was up for it. God also knew that he was scared. And God told him to not be afraid. It might seem like God doesn’t know us at all. We get assignments that leave us shaking in our shoes, and the best God can do is say “do not be afraid”? And why don’t we get to be afraid?