When my wife and I bought our home, we decided to forego cable initially. On a good day for reception, 7 channels were available, with 4-5 normally visible. Our favorite channel was Pax, tuning in weekly to catch Hope Island, a show about a pastor’s life outside of church and It’s a Miracle. While each series had their moments, the testimonies shared on It’s a Miracle revealed a hidden truth. Sometimes angels, divine intervention and prayer leave individuals untouched by trouble.
The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble, Proverbs 19:23.
In the Old Testament, it was common for Jewish families to recount previous miracles experienced by Israel to their children. The Flood, Passover and possessing the Promised Land were popular stories to reflect upon. These encounters instilled the power of God to the next generation. Yet, King Solomon puts these accounts into their proper perspective by stressing that the fear of the Lord is the driving force behind protecting souls from trouble.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand, Isaiah 40:10.
Whether you are a person of faith or not, its easy for some to read too much into every day events. This sort of daily and or weekly analysis often results in a false sense of security. Self-reliance can make an individual believe that human effort, knowledge and strength is the source of their protection. Unfortunately, this way of thinking discounts the invisible actions of angelic beings. Although human beings should take some credit, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and the force behind protecting souls from danger.
by Jay Mankus