Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. Psalm 138:7
Fruits and vegetables that are picked off of a tree only have a short time to be of any real value. Depending on the temperature of where they are stored, will depend on how long they may last to be edible.
During the high heat of summer, most vegetables and fruit will not last more than a few days, then they will rot and go bad. However, one can preserve them by canning them. Mixed with certain ingredients, they can withstand the heat and survive on the shelf for months, even years.
David was being attacked by people on all sides. As this was happening, God was still preserving his life and saving him. God would attack his enemies in the end.
Just as fruit and vegetables go through times of trouble with the heat, believers have times of struggle and danger. The world seeks to take down every believer and destroy him. The world is angry with every believer, because the believer goes against what the world wants and thinks.
Yet, God fills the believer with His Holy Spirit to preserve him and strengthen him during the times of trouble and attacks. The physical life may or may not be preserved, but the soul is kept intact.
God raised His right hand, Jesus, to fight against the attacks of the enemy. Sin was defeated upon the cross. There is now no more condemnation, but love and forgiveness, that the world does not understand.
This does not stop the trouble, but gives strength in the midst of it. Just as with the fruits and vegetables, canning does not stop the heat, but still preserves the food for later use, God is preserving the believer for a greater good.
Know that as you are walking in the middle of times of trouble and hardship, God is with you and is preserving you. His love will not let you go.
You may lose parts of your body and life, but your spirit will live on with God. Trust in what Jesus has done for you and will continue to do for you.
Don’t give in to the fear of the enemy, but hold on to God. Be filled with His Holy Spirit so that you may be preserved for a great work for God and an eternity in heaven.
I pray today that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit; that you will trust God’s preservation; that you will trust God’s forgiveness; and that you will know God’s presence in the midst of trouble.