March 2nd 2010

The Things That Don’t Happen

 “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Your wings.”

Psalm 17:8 (KJV) 

What a beautiful word picture of the love that God always has for us—that same God whom we now know as Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10.4). 

We always try to remember to thank God for his daily (even moment by moment) protection. I wonder, however, if we also thank God for those accidents and misfortunes that don’t happen? 

But how would we know if trouble doesn’t come our way? There is no way of telling, is there? Who knows whether the wheel of that truck was about to come off just as we were in the overtaking lane of the motorway? Who knows whether that burglar somehow was diverted from our front (or back) door intending to steal our stuff in order to fuel his drug habit? It didn’t happen, yet you and I would never know, would we? 

Now, of course, time and chance happens to all (Ecclesiastes 9:11), so we are not ring-fenced against all difficulty; but how often do I (do we) thank God for protecting us without us knowing about it? It does happen you know, (but one can’t prove it!). 

Deuteronomy 33:27 also says it beautifully: “The Eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” 

The One who said that was/is Jesus, and He is the same in His approach to His Creation for all time. 

We are indeed worth more than many sparrows! 


We are so appreciative of your constant care for us—please may we be ever mindful of your love and protection in the inevitable storms of life.

Thank you so much.


Study by Tony Goudie

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