Protection or Perfection?

Just recently I heard the following statement on the radio, and it really stuck with me: “God does not protect us from that which will perfect us.”

Well, this concept prompted and challenged me to search the scripture for understanding and Biblical proof of validity. And the search gave me answers to issues, such as hardship and death, that my faith has both wrestled with and been stretched by from time to time.

I discovered two Biblical types of perfection, one being Earthly perfection that leads to spiritual maturity or completion (Phil 3:12, James1:2-4) and the other is the future Heavenly perfection of believers (Phil 3:14, Heb 10:14, Jude 24-25).

In Philippians 3:12-14, Paul reminds himself and us that, though Christ has made a way for our future Heavenly perfection, we have not yet reached Earthly perfection. He encourages us, as an athlete in training, to keep working towards it.

James (James 1:2-4) informs believers that our Earthly trials develop the perseverance of our faith, so that we may be mature and complete.

Hebrews 10:14 tells us that through Christ’s death and resurrection, we have been given eternal Heavenly perfection! What a gift to cherish, and certainly not one that we deserve.

And last but not least, Jude 24 and 25 encourages believers with a reminder of the Heavenly perfection that awaits them! “To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy–to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”

If you, like myself ever start to question your trials and tests, be reminded to allow them to teach you lessons. During those circumstances, go to God’s word for his instruction.

Or if you fear death or question the death of those around you, remember what Christ has done and the future glory that awaits you. This should also prompt a sense of urgency for you to share Christ with others, so that they too may be made perfect.

So now I understand more clearly the statement that I heard on the radio, and it makes sense to me. I won’t stop asking God for his protection, but I know and understand that his perfect ways are higher than mine.

Faith as Weak as the Storm or as Strong as Jesus?

If you say that you believe in the resurrected Son of God, but you don’t believe in His power to work miracles today, where is your faith?

Either you believe in the Jesus who walked on water or you don’t! It really is that simple. And I must ask, what good is his “saving” power, if it is just a thing of the past?

If you, like most humans, struggle with fear and doubt Jesus’ ability to work supernaturally in your own life, then I encourage you to read Mark 6:30-52.

In this passage of the Bible, you will discover that Jesus’ disciples witnessed him both miraculously feed 5,000 people and walk out on the stormy water. Yet they were struggling at the oars, and they feared He was a ghost on the water.

Their faith was not at the point that they could accept the supernatural Jesus and believe that He was with them during the storm. So what did Christ do? He climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down.

Remember, Jesus promises to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Let your faith be strengthened in knowing that you serve omnipresent Jesus, the Son of God, who conquers sin and death, feeds people, and walks on water!