God Helps Us Answer Questions

Psalm 25:12   (NLT)

12 Who are those who fear the Lord?
He will show them the path they should choose.

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want… These are the opening words of the famed 23rd Psalm written by the former King David of Israel. It’s understandable that people—mostly believers—worldwide—love this Psalm. It brings comfort and encouragement Psalm 25.12 - God Helps Us Answer Questionsbecause it touches a lot of very common, deep, and important issues and needs very dear to our hearts.

Jehovah-Jireh—the Lord our Provider. That’s one of God’s revealed covenant compound-names. Praise God; He’s not a stingy God who delights in making His people suffer lack. He provides not just material things, but everything we need; this include our much needed guidance. We desperately need truth. It’s essential to make right decisions especially in life-altering, destiny-changing choices.

We have questions; people have questions. We want our questions answered. We also want to have the answers when people ask us of the hope we believe in. For us who have high regard and high-respect for our God—who value Him greatly, who worship Him and Him alone, He’s more than willing to reveal Himself, His Word, and His ways. Teach us, He does: word upon word, precept upon precept, line upon line.

We need not get annoyed, irritated, or angry when people ask hard-hitting and difficult, even tricky and impudent questions. Love doesn’t flinch, and willingness to gently, humbly, and correctly answer people’s inquiries is an expression of love. God is omniscient; we’re not, but as we fearfully, sincerely, and wholeheartedly seek Him; He shows Himself—increasingly more. We grow; we get to guide seekers better—nor as blind leading the blind, but as those who have their spiritual minds, hearts, and eyes anointed with the salve of God’s revealing light.

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Angels to the Rescue

Acts 12:7   (KJV)   7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

Angels are real; they are Divinely delegated powerful ministering spirits. God lovingly sends them to us for so many reasons. They help us, we who are blessed heirs of salvation. Though it seems that there are numerous times when they suddenly come out of nowhere, acts-12-7-angels-to-the-rescuethey’re in fact always present; we just don’t see them all the time. When necessary, when God deems it best for them to appear to give us special revelation, direction, or protection; they show up, literally.

There’s a lot of fascinating things we know and can know about these super-beings; the Bible is replete with stories involving them. From Genesis to Revelation—the first book of the Bible to the last, angels are found. God in His Sovereignty sees fit that they be a part of His grand plan. We know God can perfectly do everything all by Himself, but He graciously involves us in some tasks, such as preaching to the lost and discipling believers. He also involves this special breed of creation. His generosity of experience allows more of us to enjoy the action—glories and victories. And yes, at times, the special Angel comes—not just an angel, but the Angel.

We’re more than happy to have them and to have them on our team. They’re the perfect match against enemies of their kind—those who fell with Lucifer when he foolishly tried to exalt himself beyond the already very exalted place and status he had in the presence of God and all His other heavenly creations. How many times have we had our share of “close calls,” and for unexplained circumstances, the disaster we expected didn’t happen—to our pleasant surprise. There’s a big possibility that God’s angels continually keep us shielded and away from harm; we’re completely unaware about the majority of them. There are battles raging. There are enemies, even spiritual ones trying to kill us, steal from us, and destroy us. Praise God, we have God’s heavenly powerful armies performing unseen supernatural exploits on our behalf, making sure that we’re more than okay.

Longer Route

Exodus 13:17

(KJV)

17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

When things take longer than we expect, it may be because the short route  is extremely dangerous; God is sparing us from potential discouragement.

The shorter distance may not always be the quicker way.

Slow but sure, better safe than sorry; unnecessary risks are exactly that–unnecessary.

We trust God; He knows the way to take.

We can trust God for directions; He created the locations.

God knows where we’re coming from; where we ought to go; how to get there.

LORD Our Shepherd

Psalm 23:1  (KJV)   23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

The Lord God is the Great Shepherd. With Him as the Shepherd, there is sufficiency. As a Shepherd, He cares for His flock – sufficiently; He feeds His flock – sufficiently; He provides for His flock – sufficiently; He watches over His flock – sufficiently; He guides His flock – sufficiently; He protects His flock – sufficiently. That explains why His flock can find themselves contently not wanting. 

God cares; He cares both for the righteous and the unrighteous. But there is a special, and I would say, awesome relationship believers enjoy with Him. They have the Shepherd – flock relationship, and oh boy, that carries a lot of great benefits. Just imagine having the most loving, most powerful, unchanging Entity as our Shepherd. He’s a Shepherd Who will never leave us and will never do us wrong. That’s totally reassuring. That’s the reason our Lord Jesus can exhort us to not worry and mean it literally – not just as a figure of speech. With a Shepherd Who can supply all our needs – in all areas of our lives – at all times – in all places, we definitely have more than enough reasons to enjoy our days and sleep well at nights. We don’t have to worry about dangers, about troubles, about trials, about toils, about snares, about attacks, about our enemies, about our direction in life, about our provision, about our relationships, about our future, etc., etc.. We are really in a position of not wanting. We have more than enough of what we need.

Our God, our Great Shepherd. Thank You. Knowing we are well cared for. Many advertise their companies as giving the best care, but in You and in You alone do we really find it. In You we can rest in peace, and we can enjoy that wonderful restful existence here – now – in the land of the living. In You we can find refreshing for our tired, weary, and even faulty souls. In You we don’t have to wander aimlessly lost. In You we find calm courage to face even the most life-threatening challenges. In you we can celebrate life even when our enemies wish us death. In You we can rest assured that we will live out Your plans: good, not evil; prosperity, not harm; hope, not hopelessness; future and not rot. Praise You, our YHWH-Rohi. – in Jesus’ Name, amen.