by John and Ruth Greene
In the world today, the ‘rule of law’ is often called justice. Arguably, this is the only justice that the world of man can provide. Old Israel was instructed to pursue justice, but continually gave up the justice of YHWH for their own. (Deuteronomy 16:18-20; Psalm 37:10-11) Bible history and secular history have shown that the rule of man rejects YHWH’s justice, substituting a counterfeit, an idol for men and women to bow to. As the counterfeit attempts to grow in power, false accusation, persecution and oppression result- often in the name of peace and security. The counterfeit misses the point, the true goal of life, which is to know YHWH. (1 Corinthians 1:18; Romans 1:18, 21-23, 28, 8:7) The true reward of life is to abide with YHWH’s Kingdom rather than to live in bondage to another system of weights and balances. (“Are You Building With Sand“; “A Doctrine of Demons“; “Foundation of a Global System of Greed“)
“Do not fret because of evildoers, do not be envious of the workers of unrighteousness. For they soon wither like grass, and fade like green plants. Trust in YHWH, and do good; dwell in the earth, and feed on steadfastness. And delight yourself in YHWH, and let Him give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:1-4, ISR98
In that ancient day, King David claimed his personal love for YHWH despite his own sins, which were many. He loved close fellowship with YHWH and constantly sought repentance for his errors. Even though he often failed, he turned to Elohim for his needs instead of the vanities of man. He remembered who was in charge. He sought the protection of YHWH, commending us to do the same. (Psalm 17:3-9; 32:1-11; 46:1, 51:1-19, 91:1-2, 144:1; Proverbs 25:26) Many see wealth and status as a sure protection.
You deceive yourself when you measure happiness or contentment in life by the amount of wealth that you possess and the things that you own. When you place riches prominently in your personal values, you allow the idols of power, pleasure and the delusion of financial security to overpower your personal standing and relationship with YHWH. How many have claimed that riches would make them happy only to discover that they were not satisfied. Pleasure quickly fades in the same way. The true measure of contentment is abiding with Messiah through the Holy Spirit your Counselor. You are grounded in YHWH’s love, in doing His Will and living in His presence. You learn to have a personal relationship with Him which brings you far more happiness than the temporary accomplishments of worldly men. Righteousness is of itself great prosperity and being satisfied, in the center of Elohim’s Will. In this way disciples are made more true to His likeness. (Matthew 6:19-34; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15; Galatians 6:7; Psalm 119:105; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“)
In this life, Elohim’s protection has a far greater purpose than to help you avoid pain. It is to make you a better servant. It is to help you tell others about all aspects of Bible truth. YHWH protects you by guiding you through painful trials and circumstances, not only by helping you escape them. Since the time of Yahshua [Jesus], the Holy Spirit is your personal guide in that protection, helping you to discern truth in a situation. (John 14:15-17, 26, 15:26, 16:7-15; Galatians 5:1, 6:7; 1 Corinthians 2:13, 6:19; Romans 5:3-5, 8:9; “Healing Wounds That People Can’t See“; “Is It Normal to Have Pain & Suffering?“)
The only effective way to be delivered from surrounding evil is to call on YHWH for help and strength. That means prayer. YHWH’s protection is limitless and can take many forms. David characterized Elohim’s care with:
= a rock that can’t be moved;
= a fortress or a place of safety;
= a shield that protects His people from harm;
= a horn of salvation;
= a seal of might and power;
= a stronghold that prevails over all the enemies of YHWH.
When you need protection in any way, look to YHWH. (Psalm 18:1-3) He can deliver you or act as your support as you go through trials. Some people believe and widely advertise that ‘God’ is a crutch for weak people who can’t make on their own. To be certain, He is a shield of protection when we are weak in facing certain trials. He doesn’t want us to remain weak or to operate in the pride of self-sufficiency. The strongest person on earth is weak compared with the power of Elohim Almighty. He strengthens, protects and guides His disciples in order to send us into an evil world in a spiritual fight for Him, spreading this good news to others.. He continues to work through those that are willing. His people need His help. David wasn’t a coward. He simply knew that YHWH was essential to his life and well-being. (Psalm 18:13-16; “Prayer & Life in Messiah“; “Messiah: Prayer Basics“; “YHWH’s Prayer Shawl of Protection“; “Personal Choices & Waiting on YHWH“)
YHWH promises His strength to meet challenges. He doesn’t promise to eliminate challenges. If He did not allow any rough roads for disciples of Messiah to walk, no mountains to climb, and no battles to fight, we would not grow. He does not leave us alone with our own challenges. Instead, He stands beside us, carries us through. He teaches us, strengthening us to face trial. (Psalm 18:30, 32, 34; “Strength to Overcome Any Challenge“; “YHWH is Your Shield & Salvation“)
YHWH promises to heal in His Way through your prayers, helping you to recognize and receive answers from Him. (James 5:13-16; Matthew 6:5-15, 33; Luke 2:36-38) As you align your mind and heart with Messiah, abiding in YHWH’s Spirit, you learn to understand His Way through growth in spiritual maturity. (Mark 11:24; John 14:6, 15:7; Luke 11:9; Matthew 17:20; Philippians 4:6; Ephesians 6:18) King David thought often about physical warfare, for that was what he knew, the reason that he was not allowed to build the Temple in that day. Today, the chief battle of a Christian [disciple of the Messiah] is personal spiritual warfare. Elohim’s Kingdom takes care of the spiritual battle as disciples of the Messiah rest and wait on Him. That is the Father’s justice. (Matthew 18:18-20; Psalm 24:1-4; 37:1-28; Proverbs 17:13-15; Ephesians 6:11-13; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“; “YHWH’s Faithful: Victory in Spiritual Battle“; “Abiding in Trust“; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“)