When God Protects Us — From Ourselves

Most of us are fully aware, or at least, should be aware, of the many times God has protected us from harm.  Harmful things to our lives could come in the form of physical danger, mental or emotional danger, or other forms.  But, are we aware of the times God has protected us from ourselves?

Why would we need protection from ourselves?  Simple, my friend.  Because we do not know everything about the past, present, and future, nor do we always know the best possible course to take at any given moment.  Of course, we think we do, but in looking back over our lives most of us can testify to having made some questionable decisions about our lives.  Therefore, we need protection — from ourselves.

This doesn’t mean we stop making decisions.  It’s not entirely up to God to make our decisions for us.  Nor will He do that.  But, He can, and does, help protect ourselves from ourselves.  Paul in Romans 7:18 expressed it this way – “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”  In the Living Translation this verse goes like this, “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  I want to do what is right, but I can’t.”

Fortunately, God helps us.  For He understands our biggest threat doesn’t come from without, but from within.  We have the power, from within, to be glad, or to be sad.  To believe everything is working against us, or everything is working for us.  No one has the power to make us angry, sad, or distraught unless we allow them to.  This doesn’t mean things don’t affect us.  It simply means we have the power to control how we react and respond to these things.  Of course, this is not easy.

If I had been Paul and Silas, rejected of the crowd, beaten, and thrown into jail, it is hard to imagine I would be singing hymns at midnight.  But, someone, recognized the power they had, and it was enough to change a bad situation into a good situation.

Above all things, we need God to protect us —  from ourselves.

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