So I was reading Psalm 37:25-40 yesterday & saw that God said He would protect people from several things, most of which is not a reality today...at least in my understanding of what He seems to be saying. It made me really struggle with some questions-I know that as a Christian I am suppose to have all my theological ducks in a row [eastern Christians laughing out loud, western Christians have the 'heresy' o-meter out], but if God is true, then we shouldn't have to cover for Him right? After all, you only have to cover for someone if they lie.
In order to see what is going on, you will have to read the Text for yourself. But here are my thoughts-
If God offers protection from the unjust, for the faithful-as He did for the Hebrews in Psalm 37, then why are Christians (those who trust Jesus) being slaughtered at the hands of unjust men today? Am I missing something? Maybe this Psalm 37 can't be applied to the Church today. In fact, in John 16:33, Hebrews 11:35-40 we see that part of being a Christian is suffering in the hands of the unjust. Therefore, what advantage is there in being under God's umbrella? What does God offer that an unbeliever doesn't have access to?
Here is what I see the actual advantage is-
1. Salvation from Hell- which means an eternal life with Christ & sharing His blessings. Hell=a place where God's hand of blessing has been removed, just like most people want.
2. Specific answered prayer (SPECIFIC), as we accomplish His will.
3. Wisdom- Coming under His umbrella/listening to His wisdom gives life & success here in life.
4. Hope of better things, when Jesus restores all things and deals with the problem of pain & suffering & brokenness.
5. The indwelling of God's Spirit, to help us.
6. God's occasional FELT help.
7. The Community of Saints.
8. Protection from spiritual forces (sorry Atheists, for me, this is one of the best proofs for God- the undeniable presence of evil spirits in this world).
9. Hope that God will do what He says He will do, which gives comfort in many many areas.
10. Believers don't really die. John 11:26, and based on what I have heard from nurses who have seen believers die- there is a clear distinction. I know some believers who have died with a smile, arms outstretched saying, "Jesus!" as if they were receiving Jesus. Strange? Maybe, but that is what happens.
Feel free to add more.