My Traveling Companion—Day 5
“The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.”
As we conclude this week’s devotional series, we will meditate on a portion of the devotional text that can seem a bit confusing.
Our devotional passage says, “The Lord will protect you from all evil; he will keep your soul.”
Two words leave us curious: Evil and Soul.
The Hebrew word for evil is, raʿ, rah; the meaning is that which causes harm, destruction or misfortune.
Then there is the word for soul.
The Hebrew word for soul is, nephesh, neh´-fesh; the word means a breathing creature.
So, God can keep us breathing even in the midst of adversity, affliction, calamity or misfortune.
How do we trust God to keep us when many of us know of others who were more faithful than we and still they experienced tragedy while under the watchful care of God?
Usually, we look to God for protection because of what is at stake, our lives. Moreover, the question in many of our minds is how is God being a shade or protection for us when he will permit some things to happen to us?
I once read something that asked the question, “What can harm a soul that is kept of the Lord?” Play that question over again in your mind.
In our devotional text, the writer is promised safe passage through the mountains. However, does God stop being God or trustworthy because something happens along the way?
In verse 8 of our devotional text, the writer says, “The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.”
As we go through life, we are kept by God and his keeping us has eternal value. Often we only see life from our present and temporal state while neglecting our eternal status. Because the Lord is keeping us and will continue to keep us, we can travel through this life unhindered by fears, walls, and concerns that paralyze others.
Whatever happens to us on this side of heaven does not change God’s plan. Joseph experienced a setback being sold into slavery by his brothers. Nevertheless, God was still keeping him because he knew what he was going to do with the “setback”.
Tragedy does not mean that God has not kept us; it just means he is still up to something.
So, go ahead and travel but go with the Lord and live uninhibited.
Lord, thank you for always being God and in control even when life is unsettling help us to remember you are still keeping us no matter the outcome, Amen.