But I have a friend in my life who is beyond consistent in his walk with God. He reads faithfully every morning, and prays for so much longer than I think I've ever prayed in one sitting. And the best part is I know that he prays for me specifically every single morning. His walk and consistency convict me so much to be better.
Well, with that small rant over, I would love to share with you something that God hit me with this morning. I'm not 100% sure why it stuck out to me because this isn't a topic I struggle with (thankfully).
Most people at least read a Proverb-a-Day. I try to correspond my Proverb & Psalm with the date; so today I read Proverbs & Psalm 30. And there were two verses today that stuck out to me more than any other and I can't believe I had never noticed them before. And that just proved to me how alive and applicable God's word really is. Sometimes in reading my Proverb a day I get to thinking "I've practically memorized the book of Proverbs, how could I possibly gain anything else from it?" But that's the amazing thing about God and His Word, for whatever reason He will make a particular verse jump out at you on a particular day for some particular reason.
These were the two verse God gave me this morning:
Psalm 30:9 "What profit is there in my blood, when I go down into the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?"
Proverbs 30:5 "Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him."
For whatever reason, when I read my Bible I read Proverbs first and then Psalm, don't ask me, I have no idea why.
So Proverbs stuck out to me first and I got a mental picture in my head of me being out a battle and God is covering me as a shield, but in my imagination this shield for some reason was clear so I could see everything that was coming at me. Sometimes we can see the bad that is coming at us, but God is the strongest, most persevering shield that there ever was. No ironsmith, blacksmith, or metal worker could ever made a shield that is stronger than God. He is going to protect me from everything that is thrown at me that He doesn't will to get my life. And because its God and He is the most Almighty, that shield is never going to wear thin, or break down or fail me- I am forever protected by my Father. But there is a condition, I have to trust Him. If I were guarding someone in battle and they didn't trust me, I would honestly probably just walk away from them. God will never do that so long as we are His own and trust Him.
You know how sometimes you can think, God, why are you so good to me? We do nothing but fail Him, let Him down, break His heart, and grieve Him on a daily basis and He is still our shield. Well, for my heart that question was answered in Psalm.
I never really noticed this verse before but simply to me David is asking, what is the point of my enemies striking me dead? As long as I still have a purpose on this Earth, it is pointless. What is going to happen for the glory of God if my enemies prevail over me? Is the dust going to praise God? Is the dust going to go to the uttermost parts of the world and proclaim the gospel to every creature? Most certainly not! So if God still has use for my life and a purpose for me living, then I have nothing to worry about. Throughout Psalms we can see that David was questioning of God and fearful of his enemies many times, but then he has mountain top statements like this where he's really just saying, whatever happens will happen because its going to be for God's glory.
If God allows something to happen to you; financially, physically, emotionally, socially, or maybe even a death, its because it was for His glory. He is going to be a persevering shield to protect you because what will it glory Him if your enemies prevail?
Everything that will happen in your life, as long as you're trusting God, is going to happen because God allowed it to get passed His shield, not because it slipped, or He forgot, or His arms got tired while He was holding the shield- no, but for His glory.