In my role as a pastor to students, a few minutes ago I was typing an email, in which I was reassuring someone that on a particular occasion I felt God was protecting them. In the middle of my typing, just as I reached the ‘e’ of ‘protecting,’ up popped a notification from Norton, reassuring me that it was giving my laptop 24/7 protection from internet nasties.
Can we believe that God’s protection of us is more comprehensive than that of our antivirus programmes? God will certainly look out for dangers ahead; sometimes He warns us of them and other times I’m sure He removes the dangers without us ever knowing they were there. His love is constantly updated and his systems never get overloaded. And yes, it applies at all times of the day and night.
I lift my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth
He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber;
Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life;
The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and for evermore.