Psalm 16:8   (KJV)   8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

The Lord is in control of all things; that’s absolutely true; He isn’t at our beck and call. We don’t dictate to Him how to conduct Himself. We don’t tell Him where He should position Himself. To set the Lord always before us isn’t to give Him a mandate; it’s to psalm-16-8-unshakenconscientiously think about the continuing abiding presence of the Lord. He’s always before us—guiding: He’s always beside us—protecting; He’s with us; He’s in us.

In God, we’re always protected. It’s not a question of whether or not He can; it’s a given—He’s able. It’s Him we go to. He powerfully protects; He sufficiently provides. I admire godly people; I follow their examples as they follow Jesus; they know what they’re doing; they’re wise; I love watching them as they go about their Christian journey—often quietly—in fear of the Lord, without fear or men, as the Lord prospers the works of their hands and blesses their every step. They walk without paralyzing trepidation.

We’re not moved; we’re steadfast. Life-threatening dangers obviously abound; persecutions against believers are real—they’re increasing. The voices of those who dislike us are bold and loud. They call us intolerant and hateful as they cowardly attack us from behind—no longer just with words but physically—openly. But with all these, we rest in the fact that God allows only what we can bear. Death itself isn’t defeat for us. How can those who hate us truly hurt us? Often, God surprises us by raising people of influence, authority, and power who fights for us.

We won’t be coaxed into violence; we won’t give in to their call to unrighteousness—we won’t be intimidated into it. God alone is our choice. He is the right choice. I pray for people to realize this so they too can enjoy His precious presence—a presence that brings protection, provision, and peace.

Hiding Scared

Revelation 6:15   (KJV)   15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains

People of all status, position, and power, even those who arrogantly and proudly oppose God will finally see and recognize the true and awesome power of God.

Those who challenge God now will cower before Him then.

Never equate God’s love to weakness.

Never think for a moment that the love of God reduces God’s essence and renders Him incomplete. His love doesn’t erase His ability to be angry.

Men’s most extreme hatred for God doesn’t scare Him a bit. It’s a totally different picture when God pours out His wrath.

Wisdom in Danger

Proverbs 27:12   (KJV)   12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Evil, dangers—they’re real; they’ll come. It’s wise to hide when they do and when we can.

For some, it’s too late to know which ones are heroes and which ones are fools. Heroes face dangers head-on because they need to; fools face dangers when there is no need to.

Protecting oneself is just natural; there’s nothing wrong with that. Others will accuse us of cowardice; it’s okay, better live mislabeled than dead.

Hiding until danger passes may delay us, but it doesn’t necessarily stop us…Better late than dead.

Wisdom has consequences, foolishness has too. Wisdom reaps pleasant rewards; foolishness harvests destruction.

Dangers come from different places, from different directions. At times, they come from the outside; At times, they come from the inside.

We hide from dangers that come from the outside; we get rid of those that comes from within.

A change of course can be the best thing that can happen to us. If we’re treading a dangerous path, it’s best to get off that course. If not, we can get destroyed.

For some of us, I pray this will be a loving reminder: maybe, just maybe, it’s time for us to change. For God’s glory and honor, and for our best, there’s no time to wait; let’s do it.

No Greater Peace

John‬ ‭14:27‬   (‭KJV‬‬)   Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.‭‭

The peace left and given to us is the Lord’s peace itself. There is no greater peace than that. There’s not a moment when the Lord’s ever worried or scared; it’s understandable why we too are not troubled or afraid.