The Lord is your shield, shelter, refuge, strong tower, and defense. Do you believe this? If God is your shield doesn’t that mean that there is something you need to be shielded from? If you need to be shielded, that also means your Christian life will not be easy. But it will be hard and difficult, likened to a battle.
To follow Jesus Christ is no picnic. But a treacherous journey into combat against a fierce enemy. Do not fear, for the Lord will protect you. There is nothing that can come against you. No attack, sickness, or struggle that is not first approved by the Lord Himself and that will not be turned into something for your good.
Nothing will happen to you without His permission. Though the devil thinks this is his chance to tear you down and destroy you. The Lord will use those very same events to strengthen, mold, instruct and build your veracity to serve the Lord all the more. He will even turn the attack back onto the attacker by His hand.
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” Genesis 50:20
Twice the Lord pointed out Job as being a righteous and blameless man to Satan. Who feared God and turned away from evil. He gave Satan permission to send attacks upon him so that Job would be tested, tried, and then justified. Proving the integrity and faith Job possessed.
And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Job 1:8 Again, the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to destroy him without reason.” Job 2:3
Many times trials and tests are meant not only to refine you and make you more like God. But they are to prove to the world what you are made of, to show them the meaning of faith trust, and integrity. Faith and trust in God. The integrity that only comes from His righteousness.
As severe as the trials were, God allowed all of them to happen. Job had to suffer much to prove he was worthy. To prove his faith and integrity. Job had no Bible or scriptures at all, but he knew the Lord and trusted in Him completely. Job said that no matter what happened to him he would trust the Lord even if He killed him.
“Let me have silence, and I will speak, and let come on me what may. Why should I take my flesh in my teeth and put my life in my hand? Though He slay me, I will hope in Him; yet I will argue my ways to His face. This will be my salvation, that the godless shall not come before Him. Job 13:13-16
You may think that prosperity and a smooth easy living are evidence of God’s favor and approval. But you would be wrong. This is not usually the case, though there have been a few men God found worth. True riches come from within and the ability to not allow it to ruin oneself is rare. This comes from a humble and pure heart led by integrity. Not willing to stoop down to manipulate by wickedness. God looks to the lowly and humble.
Satan rewards the sinner with worldly wealth. He gives with the intent of drawing away a soul from trusting God, to trust possessions instead. It is intended to destroy them. Only the righteous can be trusted with the wealth of this world but it will not be given just to anyone. They must prove to God that they are worthy through trials.
Job proved himself worthy to God to be able to handle the wealth of this world. He rewarded him for his faithful endurance. Because of his righteous integrity, godly character, and virtue. Job desired to use it all for good and not for himself. This showed God what he was made of.
For to this, you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth. When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:21-23
No one can achieve God’s will without these times of difficulty, pain, and struggle. This is because this is how God changes us from what we used to be into who He wants us to be. A man shows who he really is when his integrity is tested in the face of trials.
It is the same with those who seek to enter the Kingdom of God or desire to be the greatest in God’s eyes. It is with great struggle and difficulty that the righteous will gain ground in the Kingdom of Heaven. It is with great effort and humility that you will be molded and shaped into His image. Fighting your way forward in the battle in this life against wickedness.
A weight lifter will not become stronger and stronger if he does not lift heavier and heavier weights. The Servant of the Lord is expected to endure heavier and heavier loads to grow stronger and mightier in the ways of the Lord.
Just look at all the godly servants of the Lord such as Job, Moses, Abraham, David, Daniel, Jeremiah, and more. Each one had a life marked by suffering and trials. They were found stronger because of it. They were made ever more righteous and worthy to be called servants of the Lord. Even to the point that it was said of them, “Of whom the world was not worthy.” In the eyes of the Lord, they were the most worthy in the world.
Be not afraid of the stresses and the heavyweights put upon you in this life, but bear them up like you are in training for what is ahead. The Lord is your strength, protector, defender, and hope. He is always there beside you and will never leave or forsake us. Each pressing moment is designed to build your strength and stamina to handle what lies ahead.
God will get you through it. He will defend your life until the end, and someday you will be so much more than just a doorkeeper in the House of the Lord because of your patient endurance for your King. Walk in righteousness, faith, and your true integrity that proves to the world that you are worthy in God’s eyes.
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed! For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! Psalm 84:8-12