“‘If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,’ says God, ‘I’ll get you out of any trouble.’” Psalm 91:14 (The Message Bible)
As I read this scripture today, my thoughts went to the U.S. Consulate in Libya. I can’t help but wonder about the last minutes or seconds of the lives of the four men that were killed by terrorists. If they had studied scripture and perhaps memorized verses, would they have held on to this promise that God would get them out of trouble? My mind can’t wrap itself around the tragedy and see any connection of how God got them out of trouble.
Scripture is confusing. We are told to trust God and his promises. There are times when people have held firmly to their faith and were saved from a bad situation.
I also know that when God promises to take care of me, that doesn’t mean that everything will turn out my way. Did “get you out of trouble” for the four men in Libya mean that if they trusted God at that moment, they at least had a peaceful entry to life everlasting? Like I said, “Scripture is confusing.”
For faith in God to work, one must simply trust that what God says or promises for us will turn out for good—somehow, somewhere.
Dear Lord, during times of trouble, give me faith to feel the strong grip of your hands. Amen.