“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,”
Psalm 33:18 NIV
This is not an ironclad guarantee that all believers will be delivered from death and starvation. Thousands of Christian believers have been beaten to death, whipped, fed to lions, or executed (Romans 8:35-36; Hebrews 11:32-40). God can (and often miraculously does) deliver his followers from pain and death; although sometimes, for purposes known only to him, he chooses not to. When faced with these harsh realities, we must focus on the wise judgments of God. The writer was pleading for God’s watchful care and protection. In times of crisis, we can place our hope in God. (Tyndale Study Bible)I
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.— 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 NIV
As I read this verse in Psalm, the verses about the thorn in Pauls’s side came to mind immediately. In both verses, we can sense God’s presence. David tells that His eyes are on us. Paul knew God was there with him. So he called on God to remove his thorn. God never answered that prayer. His reply was, His Grace was enough for Paul. What does grace mean – the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
The commentator speaks about life and death situation, being persecuted and Paul was jailed. Can we relate these events or tests Paul and David are talking about? No, we can’t. We all have thorns and challenges in our daily lives. What we don’t do is trust God in these difficulties. We lean on our own understanding and consider them too small to bother God with. And we think that they are so small that God does not see them. God sees everything, and nothing is too small or big for Him.
Know we should take note of the words above. God’s eyes are on us if the fear Him. Hope and trust in his unfailing love. Paul realises that God’s grace is enough. So at the end of the day all we need is God’s grace and unfailing love. We must learn to rely on His wise instruction. So our daily challenges might be smaller, but just like Paul and David we can look to God for hope and direction, no matter how small or big our thrones or challenge.
“Lord I pray just like these words touch my heart, they will touch all and other. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.”