From Where Does My Help Come?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has raised theological questions—understandably so.

People are asking, “Are we now seeing signs that the world as we know it is about to end? Is this horrible virus punishment by the Almighty?  Is there anything we can do?”

A number of years ago, I called a fellow military chaplain who had recently lost his 30-year-old daughter to brain cancer. We spoke for a few minutes and I tried to be careful not to “outrun my coverage” in speculating why his daughter had died at such an early age. After a few minutes I asked him if he was struggling with the “why” of his situation. His answer was profound: “Scott, at times like this I’ve found it most helpful not to focus on things I don’t know. Instead, I focus on what I do know.” Our conversation immediately shifted to some things about God that we do know.

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Why? Why did my chaplain friend’s daughter die so young? Why did Susan’s husband contract corona-virus and die before she had the chance to see him while he was still alive. I don’t know.

But I do know some things—about God, His love, his mercy, and his care for us. I’ve printed out Psalm 121 in its entirety. Please read it carefully. Meditate on what it is saying to you—personally.

Psalm 121:1-8 (ESV)

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Here are a few thoughts:

• Look around at creation. God is the Creator of all of it. He cares for His creation. Most importantly, He cares about you.
• God never sleeps—never. He’s always watching, watching over you. Even it your foot slips, He knows it.
• The Lord has charge over your life. Like shade from the sun, God is your Cover, your Rock, your Fortress, your strong Tower.
• He protects you during the day and all through the night.
• God is the Keeper of your life. You will live all the days ordained for your life. Evil will not take you before that time.
• God will watch over you—whether you’re coming in or going out. He will do this today, tomorrow, next month, next year, and forevermore.

How do I know this is true? Because Jesus gave His life for you and for me. His invitation to spend eternity is extended to every person.

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