“The Lord bless you and keep you” (Numbers 6:24). “The Lord is your keeper” (Psalm 121:5). We are “kept by the power of God” (1 Peter 1:5). “Now to him who is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 24).
“The Lord bless you and keep you.” (Numbers 6:24). God loves us – and he keeps on promising to bless us. When we lose our grip on God, he doesn’t lose his grip on us. He keeps hold of us. His love for us is so much stronger than our love for him.
In Psalm 121, the Psalmist begins with his own personal testimony – “My help comes from the Lord” (v. 2). He gives us more than his personal testimony. He speaks to us words of encouragement – “The Lord is your keeper” (v.5). This is God’s Word from the Psalmist. It is God’s Word for us.
We are “kept by the power of God” (1 Peter 1:5). Peter, also, speaks of “faith” – “kept by the power of God through faith… .” Where does our faith come from? – It comes from the power of God. How is our faith sustained? It’s sustained by the power of God.
“Now to him who is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 24) – God does not throw us away when we let him down. He picks us up when we fall. He keeps us going when we feel like giving up. He never writes us off – nothing more than a hopeless case.” He sees beyond what we are. He sees what he is making us.
What is God making us? What is he preparing us for? Peter tells us – “salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). Jesus says to us, “I give them eternal life.” On the pathway to eternal life, there will be many temptations. What does Jesus say about this? – “No one shall snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).
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