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Building Faith, Day 28 -A Big God

January 14, 2016

How big is God? Many of the psalms we have studied depict a big, strong God, willing to defend us from all our enemies. In the Old Testament, the Israelites knew their enemies personally, for they came after the people with weapons, determined to kill them, and some of that continues to exist.

Here and now, we do not always recognize our enemies, and we’re not sure from whom God is to protect us. How big does God need to be to save us? Huge!

A novel by Dorothea Benton Frank begins by showing two American couples walking along a street in Edinburgh, but one of the women lags behind the others looking into the shop windows. She falls into an open manhole, languishing there until by-standers pull her out and get an ambulance. Her husband and friends, continuing their stroll, did not notice her disappearance for some time. Had she become invisible? Perhaps God was telling her it was time to re-examine her life. Often we are reminded of what we need by a loving God who knows all and sees all. We are never out of his sight, and he protects us in many ways, always.

Today many of our enemies are invisible: ignorance, hypocrisy, greed, lies, our own inability to see ourselves and our relationships clearly. How can we defend ourselves?

Psalm 28 reminds us, “The Lord gives his people strength. He is a safe refuge.” The psalm concludes, “Be of good courage. He will save his people.” Praise the Lord!

We pray for his protection – today and always.


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