By Jason Hanchey
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
On the surface, this passage makes it so simple. I believe, therefore I am granted all these protections? Where do I sign?
This euphoria is short lived. As I read this again and again, I feel the guilt run deeper and deeper. I don’t deserve all these protections! I haven’t lived up to my end of the deal. I am a stronger Christian now than I have ever been, but my past is full of mischief and less than Christian behavior. How will this conversation go with my Savior when standing at the gates of Heaven?
Take a deep breath. I truly don’t think the bible, in any shape or form, is trying to guilt me into being a believer. My God knows I will face situations that challenge my relationship with him. Free will gets us in trouble from time to time. When needed, I often pray to God for his guidance. Lately, I’ve not felt that was good enough. I felt like He was missing from the conversation. Now, when I need God, I feel comfortable just saying “Lord God, you probably know already, but I need to share something with you.” Maybe not out loud in some circumstances, but when appropriate.
So, maybe it is that simple. For me anyways. I believe not only because of great scripture, but also because God is an actual participant in my life. I owe it to God to include Him in my life. Reading this scripture again, its abundantly clear that He is willing to be my protector and give me life beyond this one. What He is promising is much greater than what he asks of us. All He asks is that we believe.