Protected – Numbers 23:19-21

“God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Behold, I received a command to bless;
he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.
He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob,
nor has he seen trouble in Israel.
The LORD their God is with them,
and the shout of a king is among them.”

Numbers 23:19-21

These words were spoken by a pagan seer summoned by a king who wanted him to curse Israel, ensuring the safety of his kingdom. But God did not allow them to be cursed, instead compelling the seer to speak words of blessing upon His people.

What this impressed on me this morning is that God protects those who are His. As He did not allow Balaam to curse Israel, so He will not allow anything to rise against any of His own that He will not use for good.

It doesn’t mean that nothing bad will ever happen. But it does mean our God sees it and He has purposes within it. He will strengthen us and be our shield and He will never leave us on our own.

“For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD” (Psalm 112:6-7). We will be remembered forever by the God who remembers all His promises. He will not forget us. He will not overlook our situation. And it is not out of His control. We can trust Him because He is mighty to reign over our circumstances – “The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever” (Psalm 29:10) – and this is what He promises: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:2-3a).

Oh, see His heart here. See His love and constancy. Difficulties will come, but our God will not leave us. He will protect and care for His own. The enemy will not win; none rising against us will ultimately succeed when God is our refuge, strength, and hope (Isaiah 54:17). What our enemy intends for evil, our God uses for good – because our God is more powerful and it is His purpose that will stand (Genesis 50:20; Numbers 23:11).

Take heart, believer, for it is the Lord God who covers you with favor as with a shield (Psalm 5:12). We have a powerful enemy seeking to devour and we live in a broken world where we will be impacted by brokenness and sin. But our God is with us and He will win the day. “Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; speak a word, but it will not stand, for God is with us” (Isaiah 8:10). Our enemies will see that He has loved us with an everlasting love and continued faithfulness (Revelation 3:9; Jeremiah 31:3). None can thwart His purposes, and they are at work in all things for your good, for hope and a future, shining with the glory of His grace (Romans 8:28; Jeremiah 29:11).

Today, if you sense the pressure or attacks of an enemy or the deep pain of a broken world, take refuge in the God who sees and saves you. Draw near and allow Him to speak into your soul the truth of who He is and what He will do.

He protects and cares for those who are His. He will not neglect or fail you here. He will not turn away or shame you.

“For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.”
Psalm 22:24

“‘For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’
says the LORD, who has compassion on you…
‘Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals
and produces a weapon for its purpose.
I have also created the ravager to destroy;
no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,
and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD
and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.’”
Isaiah 54:10, 16-17

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the LORD delivers him out of them all…
The LORD redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.”
Psalm 34:19, 22

“Our soul waits for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.”
Psalm 33:20-22

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