We are warned: “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). We also know that Jesus promised those who believe in Him: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).
So while it’s true that we face a formidable adversary, it’s also true that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39).
In this month’s installment we share some voices of faith from some familiar Bible characters. May their experience be ours.
“Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.”
Asaph, amazed by God’s faithfulness (Ps. 73:23-26).
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.”
Daniel, extolling God’s omnipotence and total wisdom (Dan. 2:20-22).
“My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
of your saving acts all day long—
though I know not how to relate them all.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;
I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your mighty acts to all who are to come.”
David, amazed by God’s mighty deeds on his behalf (Ps. 71:15-18).
“Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Elisha to his frightened servant, when surrounded by a hostile army (2 Kings 6:16).
“I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord,
the deeds for which he is to be praised,
according to all the Lord has done for us—
yes, the many good things
he has done for Israel,
according to his compassion and many kindnesses.”
Isaiah, celebrating victory in the Lord (Isa. 63:7).
“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.”
Job, finding confidence while in the depths of suffering (Job 19:25).
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”
John, the apostle, thinking of Jesus’ great saving work (1 John 3:1, 2).
“When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord’”
Jonah, praying from the stomach of a great fish (Joanh 2:7-9).
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
Paul, anticipating his execution and more (2 Tim. 4:7, 8).
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Peter, writing to the Christians scattered around the Roman empire (1 Peter 1:3-5).