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Medieval stained glass depicting Daniel, Job and Noah being crowned by angels.

“If I make wild animals go through the country … or bring war … or visit a deadly disease … pouring out my lethal anger, killing both people and animals, and Noah, Daniel, and Job happened to be alive at the time … not a son, not a daughter, would be rescued. Only these three would be delivered because of their righteousness.” — Ezekiel 14:12-20 (MESSAGE)

A sobering message through Ezekiel (the prophet best known for strange visions of wheels and eyes) — but for those who read between the lines there’s a message of hope!

There is protection from the wrath of God, a promise of deliverance for those who, like Noah, Daniel, and Job, live by faith and follow God’s righteousness.

“God knows how to rescue the godly from evil trials. And he knows how to hold the feet of the wicked to the fire until Judgment Day. — 2nd Peter 2:6-9 (MESSAGE)

— fritz

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But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them – Psalm 5:11a

It it difficult to express in one language what another language is trying to convey — so it is with the little word, trust.

We think of trust as a feeling of confidence, but the Hebrews thought of it a slightly different way. This word literally means to flee for protection.

This is not presuming God will somehow step in if we need him to as we live our lives but us taking the initiative to figuratively run to Him for the right way to proceed, stepping cautiously as he directs.

Better to get his guidance and protection on the front end then asking him to clean up the mess and damage later.

— fritz@langgang.com

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“The LORD is my shepherd … I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:1a, 4b

We need protection from two (2) kinds of evil – evil done to us by others, and evil done to us by ourselves.

Evil we do to ourselves is, really, our biggest problem. If God gave us everything we asked for in prayer we would be in a terrible fix.

We take comfort knowing our shepherd is protecting us from others and ourselves – he is our defender, he has the way out when there is no other (and when there is).

-fritz

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