Protection and the Hand of God
When bad things happen I have noticed we as Christians can be quick to equate the protection of any single individual with the hand of God. We should be reminding ourselves that “correlation is not causation.”
Protection is not necessarily a sign of God’s favor. While on the one hand we memorize Psalm 91 with its promises of protection, we must balance this with the Jesus’ assertion in John 15: “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.” Over and over he told his disciples they would be attacked for their faith.
Attacks may very well be signs you are in the midst of God’s work; whereas safety might also arise from the Enemy, lulling us into a false sense of security, serenity and apathy. We can not see everything happening right now, and we should not equate deaths or the failure of a nation-state’s strategy with a failure of the Kingdom and the goals of God. In the long run, the seed that falls into the ground and dies can yield much fruit; whereas the stalk that stands may very well abide alone, with little harvest.
The best we can do is face each situation, asking how we might live as a Christ-follower in the midst of it, how we can do the most for the Kingdom, how we can advance the will of God on earth – “May your Kingdom come, may your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”