The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. Psalm 121:5–6
He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:8
I listened today to a podcast from a pastor who made the point that Jesus didn’t come only to forgive our sins. He came to set us free. I think I know what that means, and I hope my understanding is correct. But I wonder. Do we realize just how vitally important it is that our sins are forgiven.
Life on this earth is not to be despised or belittled. The challenges of living the victorious Christian life are bold and daunting. Our witness to the world is certainly stymied if we are in bondage to anything other than the love and grace of God.
Nor do I want to point people to the idea that in the end, the end is all that matters. Our calling to live under Christ in his kingdom and serve him is a daily calling; not something we simply put off until the end and then ask for forgiveness for all those times we failed to honor Christ or take advantage of the freedom we have in him.
That’s why it is truly good news that God is our keeper, our shade and protector. That’s a daily reality, and we honor him when we take that on fully and live in hopeful faith each moment of our lives.
The strength that Jesus gives “to the end” is not to be a cause for giving up or letting go of the challenges before us. The strength to the end is for the cause of Jesus’ rule and reign in our hearts and the hearts of others. O Lord God, I need that strength!