Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. I cried out, ‘I am slipping!’ but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. (Psalm 94:16-19)
Many are the stories of those who have been weak, vulnerable, and struggling with doubt. Perhaps the cause was an illness, the death of a loved one, deep concern for future provision, or a prodigal son or daughter.
Jesus told us to allow him to provide for whatever circumstance might occur, to seek his kingdom first and not worry. However, in our humanity we often allow the penetration of our armor by the evil one, and as the Psalmist, sense we are slipping. Our strength, our rescue, is our great God and Father of mercy. Like the arrival of rain in drought, the renewal of hope begins to grow within us. The faithful love of the Lord introduces his spirit of comfort and restores hope when doubt had nearly conquered us.
We are encouraged as we recall past times when all looked grim and despair led our thoughts instead of trust. When the unfailing love of God sent a gentle reminder and the Spirit of God whispered, “When have I not cared for you?” Then we remember as we have trusted in him, he indeed has always been there with adequate provision.
You Lord, are the one who corrects the path of my thoughts. You are the Lord of all, including what lies before me. Where there is doubt and distress remind me of your faithful love and goodness, and restore me to the hope which flows from you. Amen.
“but rescue us from the evil one.”