S33P6 – The fruit of trust in God: supernatural resilience
They [the angels] will lift you up in their hands, so that you do not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and cobra; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
I am not proud to admit it, but I spent a rather large part of my childhood glued to the television watching professional wrestling. I recall vividly the wonderful spectacle that was Andre the Giant. To a six-year-old boy, even the normal sized wrestlers seemed like giants. Andre, however, made them look like dwarves. Not only that, he appeared indestructible. No one had enough power to really hurt him. He, on the other hand, was powerful enough to take on multiple men at a time and emerge unscathed. Now, I know that this was not genuine combat, but I imagine that in a real fight Andre would have been just as impervious. His size and strength were almost superhuman. Although God does not promise to make us literally larger than life, He does promise to give us an ability to withstand that which we could not endure on our own.
Scripture shows us example after example of how the hand of God and of his angels have caused people to survive that which should have consumed them. The Red Sea parted for God’s people Israel. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego emerged from the fiery furnace without a burn or blister. Daniel walked out of the Lion’s den without a scratch on him. When we trust God, we say yes to his purposes and his plans. This means that the enemy’s plans are thwarted. Both cannot prevail. Trusting God means agreeing to partner with him to fulfill his will. The completion of the will of God always means that the enemy is defeated. God and his angels are not only available but are intentionally working to make sure that we survive whatever is necessary to continue his work. This includes supernatural help from on high to endure that which would naturally defeat us.
Resilience is the hallmark of God’s people. He gives us power inside to endure. He uses his hand to guide us. He even calls upon his angelic host to carry us as well. Our Father spares no effort to perform the miraculous so that we may have the endurance that He requires. When we trust in God, we will do things that none could imagine. We will do the unbelievable and survive the incredible. All of this is for God’s glory. When our trust in him manifests in this great way, it is He who is glorified. This is the picture of our Lord protecting his people as a testimony to the world of his faithfulness. Father, thank You for giving us supernatural power to endure the unimaginable for the sake of your will and your name.