It seems that each and every day we hear of more bad news. Whether it is a change in the law that negatively affects Christians, or extremist groups causing physical harm to believers around the world, it seems that every day there is more bad news. Yet, regardless of how bad things get, there is always a hope. We must never forget this. David never did.
King David was persecuted by King Saul to the point that King Saul sent men out to find and kill David. Saul did this out of jealousy for the young David, who had been anointed by the prophet Samuel to become the king of Israel after Saul. Saul did not want to give up his throne or his power, and definitely not to this seemingly insignificant child from a small, seemingly insignificant town. Yet even in the midst of persecution, David knew that God had bigger plans for his life.
The same is true for all of us today. Regardless of where we live in the world, what language we speak, our nationality, etc., all of us who are in Christ serve the same God, Who rules over the world. Compared to our God, all of the lawmakers in the world are merely playing games when they try to run a country. Compared to our God, extremist groups that cause physical harm to others are powerless. There is nothing they can do about this.
We have to realize that we are not our own protectors. So often we think that we fend for ourselves, failing to realize that God is the One who put all of the pieces together. Yet we must always remember that we have never been able to fend for ourselves. God not only gave us life, but He set all of the conditions so that this life can be sustained. Even in this, we could not fend for ourselves. Our God is an awesome God!
God is our Protector. Without Him, we would not last any time at all on this planet. With Him, we can live on this planet having full confidence in Him and understanding that He is, was, and always will be in control. Even whenever life's circumstances upset us, remember that He is in control.
Those who trust in God will run to Him for protection. When they run to God for protection, God will protect them. He does not turn His back on His children. He cares for us like a father cares for his child. Because of this, we can be confident in Him.
David called to God for protection, and God protected David. David was outmatched by King Saul and his army. Yet this did not matter, because Saul's army was outmatched by God. David had confidence that, when he called upon God, God would respond by protecting him. God did not disappoint David. We also, can have the same confidence in God that David did.
One final note: God does not always do things in the way we think they should be done. He is the One with the plan. We are not. God may provide protection in a way that seems odd or contrary to what we think should happen. The only advice I can give here is this: trust Him. He knows what He is doing.