If anyone had a reason to doubt and question God, it was Job, a character in one of the oldest books of the Bible. After his children died in a storm similar to a tornado, Job contracted boils all over his body. Old Testament rationale associated the bad things that happened to individuals as a sign of punishment from God. Thus, as bystanders stood by watching the trials that besieged Job, even three of Job’s best friends began to doubt his innocence.
“Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a ruler or a teacher like Him?” – Job 36:22
Feeling abandoned, one thought came to Job’s mind, God is watching over you. While Job’s wife wanted him to curse God and die, his years of spending time with God enabled common sense to prevail. Just as Jacob physically wrestled with God, Job struggled to comprehend what was happening to him. This spiritual tussle inspired Job to record these events within an Old Testament book. The worse things get in life, God has a way of humbling people to the point desperately trusting the Lord with your heart, soul and mind.
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel. Will neither slumber [briefly] nor sleep [soundly]. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand, Psalm 121:3-5.
The Psalmist describes how God specifically watches over human beings. Shepherds gave thanks for not twisting their ankle despite walking along rocky terrain. Meanwhile, others sang about God’s never ending protection, watching over us like the old Bette Midler song From a Distance. Finally, God is like a keeper, a shepherd guiding sheep around danger, a shade of protection in times of trouble. Therefore, the next time you find yourself in the midst of adversity, remember the invisible guardian in the heavens above who is watching over you and me.
by Jay Mankus