|Posted on October 3, 2019 at 11:55 AM|
For the LORD watches over the path of the godly. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth. He watches over those who fear Him, those who rely on His unfailing love. He watches every movement of the nations; let no rebel rise in defiance. We are the people He watches over, the flock under His care. If only we would listen to His voice today! He will not let you stumble the One who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, He who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The LORD Himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. Psalm 1:6, 11:4, 34:18, 66:7, 95:7, 121:3-5; 7-8
In Psalms alone I like to be reminded of the many times He watches over me. I remember once driving down an icy road returning home from work late one night. I was coming over a hill and in the distance my headlight allowed me to see that the bottom of the hill had turned into an ice skating rink for cars all facing different directions over a sheet of ice. I hit my brakes to avoid the pile up only to find they too had failed on the icy road. I saw myself gliding toward two cars who also lost their ability to brake. I remember closing my eyes and thinking to myself this is going to hurt and bracing myself for impact as if I was in an amusement bumper car ride. At the exact moment I should have impacted both cars slid at my approach like something pushed them each aside ever so slightly one just enough to the left and the other to the right leaving me a clear path to glide between them unharmed. A three lane road turned into four and I was able to escape the road unharmed. I do believe in a God who watches over me not just because of this time but countless others He has saved me from harm.
I have never seen the face of God but I know Him by His power and actions that He has been with me. Times when I could have gone completely wrong the sting of His staff protecting me from harm. Those days when the green light was cut shorter than usual forcing me to stop and avoid collision. Or even in life when my way was blocked with difficulties beyond my control forcing me to take another road I believe that was God guiding me along the path He wanted me to go not the path I thought was best for me. Every set back in hindsight was a set up. Every time I felt alone God opened the door for someone else to come into my life. The loss of my mother at an early age gave me many mothers over my lifetime to be raised by, to learn from, it actually did take a tribe to raise me. The bankruptcy of one job lead me to a career I would have never chosen where years later I would hire a woman who would introduce me to the father of my son. As the song goes God blessed this broken road. With all its twist and turns and unexpected detours. God made sure that I would end up exactly where I needed to be even if He had to intervene and stop me from going too far from off the path He laid for me.
The word “watch” and its various forms appears over 200 times in the NLT so even from this I know that in the beginning I was called “to tend and watch over” my life much like my Father watches over me. It’s no wonder we are made in His image, a reflection of who He is. Throughout the Word I am warned to watch out for things that may bring me harm. Called to observe not judge, be a witness to His Word not mock ignorance. My brother pleaded to watch for God, seeking not His face but His miraculous works where there is no logical explanation for why things happened as they did.
By His Word I know that since enslavement to this world began God has been watching closely. He has seen how His chosen are mistreated in a world that knows, even before we are made aware, that we do not belong to it. He has watched over our every step day by day and through each season. He surrounds and watches over us as He would guard His own eyes. Yes I would have to agree the LORD is watching over this journey of mine and because of that I able to walk in peace. Not to say that because He watches I am exempt from stumbling. I know I am dear to His heart even if I find this journey in a pit or a prison He still watches over me.
For the times I am victorious when my path is without struggle I know it is the LORD’s victory not my own. A door He opened and allowed me to walk through is not a door I pried opened by my own will and strength. Because God who watches over me will not prevent me from gaining the wisdom and knowledge I need to rebuild this Temple in the way He meant for it to be. Like my ancestors before me I may be required to hold a hammer in one hand and a weapon in the other to fend off the fiery darts of my enemies that would keep me from building. My existence on the earth means the work given to me is not done but the enemy is also patrolling the earth and watches everything that goes on in it. So I too must be on guard.
The only assurance I have in this life is that God is always watching over me. The enemy does not give life he seeks to take it like my ancestor David warned he watches for the chance to throw me to the ground like a hungry lion eager to tear me apart if I am alert and watching. Keep an eye out because God blesses people before the watching world. He promises to guide, advise, and watch over I need only listen for him daily. The One who watched while I was being formed will watch when I am finally at rest. He watches as quietly as the heat rises on a summer day or as the morning dew forms during the harvest. Just because I cannot see Him doesn’t mean He isn’t watching. As surely as a tree grows in the wilderness without the need for an automatic sprinkler system God waters and cares for it as He also does over me and He will certainly carry out every plan He has for me.