The Watchman

Lord, your word continues forever in heaven. You are loyal forever and ever. You made the earth, and it still stands. All things continue today because of your laws. Like slaves, they all obey you. (Psalm 119:89-91)

God's care and watchfulness keep all things in this state of continual renewal. It is a little appreciated fact that God's breath animates the world around us, keeping the things in alignment within the universe, making the tides swell and recede. The very watchfulness of God should give us encouragement in the dark times when we think there is nothing going as it should, or the high and impenetrable walls of stress are closing in around us. There is nothing which exists or continues in its existence (and this includes us), which doesn't do so because he has made it possible for it to exist!

Like it or not, suffering is part of life. We are not exempt from the troubles of life that occur by being inside a human body subject to the aging process. We aren't going to escape the winds that blow, the waters that rise, or the fires which rage - their effect may not be immediate to us, but they will ultimately affect something in our lives. We might attempt to navigate around traffic jams on our way to our destination, but even the best GPS cannot save us from the fact people occupy space in front of us in their vehicles, on similar journeys as we may be on, crawling along at a pace slightly faster or slower than our own.

Everything has limits - except the power and purpose of God's Word. His commands have no limits. They are meant to support us when we are troubled by the things of this life, build us up when our strength is waning, and restore us when our minds are fatigued by the many pressures invading our emotional space. Destructive forces are around us on every plane - God's Word is the one thing which will make us wise enough to avoid what can be avoided, embrace what cannot, and walk away stronger. The truth will always be the same - God is loyal forever and ever. Try as we might, we cannot define "forever and ever" because the words express a lack of beginning or ending. It is like when we say our sins are removed as far as the east is from the west - immeasurable distance exists between us and our sin once Christ is invited into the midst of our lives. Limits don't exist where God is at work. Just sayin!

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