"No Foot Striking"
May 13, 2008
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place-the Most High, who is my refuge- no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:9-12
Years ago, I knew a mother who liked to read her son stories from a Bible-story book. One night, after she was done, her boy turned to her and said, "Mommy, I like God. You just never know what He's going to do next."
If you have ever doubted the rightness of the boy's remark, let me tell you about a story carried last week by the Associated Press.
Lisa Harrell is a postal worker for the government. She was delivering mail to a home when she noticed a baby playing near the window directly above the family's front door.
According to Lisa, the next thing she knew, she was holding the one-year-old infant in her hands.
The mother said she had placed her daughter on a bed, and the bed that was up against a window. When her back was turned, the baby had crawled out the open window and fell into Lisa's open arms.
Paramedics checked the baby and found the child absolutely healthy.
You just never know what God is going to do next.
As for me, this story adds a new dimension to the words of the Psalmist: "He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone."
Now, I'm not going to tempt God, nor should you, but the fact is this: you never know what God is going to do next. His gracious actions are almost always surprising.
The Father surprised us by sending His Son to save a sinful world that didn't want Him. In fact, it rejected Him and nailed Him to a cross. Our just Judge surprised us by accepting Jesus' life and death as payment for our sins and then He surprised us by calling us to faith in His risen Son who calls people to repentance, forgiveness, salvation, and faith.
You just never know what God is going to do next. But I do know, no matter what our gracious God does, we should be most thankful.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I never know what You will do. Your love, Your grace, Your sacrifice is always so much greater than anything I could imagine. For coming into this world to bring light to those in darkness, hope to those who were despondent, joy to those who have known only sadness, please accept my deepest thanks. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries