I lift up my eyes to the mountains—Psalm 121 NIV
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
As I write this, the world, and my country especially, is in turmoil. COVID-19 has killed over 200,000 people in the U.S. and nearly 1 million worldwide. And it does not appear to be slowing down. Wildfires are raging along the west coast of the U.S. and hurricanes are pounding the gulf coast. Protests against racial inequality are erupting across the US, and being coopted by anarchists who are burning and looting. And our political leadership is deeply divided on nearly every issue imaginable. What does the future hold for us?
I make no claims to knowing what the future holds for the U.S.. That is a vision that has not been given to me. It may continue its descent into anarchy. Or it may pull itself together and effectively deal with the problems we are facing.
Where My Help Comes From
But what I do know is where my help comes from. It comes, not from financial security, technological advancement, or strength of arms. Rather, it comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He holds my future safe in his hands. I can trust in him, each step of the way, to guard me and to bring me safely to himself in the end. The journey may be hard and challenging. It may even be cut short. But I know who I have believed and am convinced that he will keep me until the end (2 Tim. 1:12). The one who created the cosmos, in all its complexity and vastness, knows and cares for me. How amazing is that?