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God is Our Defender
By Daryl Siedelmann
March 22, 2011


Scripture 
2 Timothy 1:12 (NIV)
[12] That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

To defend means to keep safe or to guard. Paul wrote this passage to Timothy while in prison in Rome. The passage testifies of the trust and faith that Paul has in Jesus to defend Paul. Paul does not seem to be concerned for his physical safety, but for his spiritual safety and that Paul's purpose would be fulfilled. Paul further explains in his letter to Timothy:

2 Timothy 4:16-18 (NIV)
[16] At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. [17] But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth. [18] The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Devotion
To place one's wellbeing completely in the hands of God when faced with life or death is truly remarkable. Most of us will never be placed in a similar situation. But we are fooling ourselves if we think that we will never be tested or put in a situation where we have to rely on God's strength to see us through. 

Life is full of trials and problems.  I grew up on a farm and was taught at an early age that things didn't get done unless you had initiative and took responsibility.  That attitude served me well as an engineer.  I worked for 35 years without being unemployed or having to look for a job.  My job was automotive related and my job became an early casualty of the recession when my employer decided to cut its involvement in the automotive business. 

Being 58 years old and an automotive engineer at a time when engineers were being laid off by the thousands did not inspire a lot of hope.  But God does provide.  Throughout the 2 years that I was without a job I had a sense that it was God's plan for us.  We were able to move to be closer to our son and his family when they needed our help.  The job that I was fortunate to get after we moved was similar to what I was doing before.  Events didn't happen when I would have liked for them to happen, but they happened when they needed to happen.  Learning to rely on God and not your own ability isn't easy!  But it is very rewarding.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, only you know what is really best for us.  You can see the end from the beginning.  You know what trials will build our faith and trust.  Grant us the ability to discern your direction and providence in our lives.  Protect us from our own shortsightedness and selfish ambitions.  For all glory and honor is yours, now and forever.  Amen

Other scripture references
Isa 54:17; Jer 1:19; Lk 6:27-28;  2 Thess 1:6-7

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