The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you…2 Thess. 3:3
As a young believer, it was Bill’s first time to be fearful for his life. He had been hiking alone, enjoying a serene time with God’s beauty and talking with God Himself. It was to be a short, half-day hike, culminating with a wonderful meal with his best friend at the lodge.
Winding around the mountainous trail, the weather began to change with a light fog shrouding everything. Since he had hiked this area many times, Bill continued, musing on the Lord and his newly-found salvation.
Since Bill was focused on communing with the Lord, he failed to notice how dense the fog had become and that his sense of direction had become skewed. Gently singing a series of praise choruses, Bill lifted his head and began to fully worship God.
Just then, the trail took a turn to the right and Bill continued straight ahead. His voice changed from praising God to a scream of fear as he plunged downward, landing on the ledge below.
He groggily awoke after being unconscious for about 15 minutes. He noticed a pain in his left leg. As he shifted his body, the pain became intense…his leg was broken. Did anyone know where he was? When would his friend become concerned? Fear slowly gripped his mind. What would happen to me, he wondered. And then he also realized that a chill was coming over his body. He had no jacket or blanket—it was to be a short day hike.
That is when he remembered his cell phone was in the charger at home.“Oh God, I’ve read verses that tell me not to be afraid but I must confess that I am truly afraid. Please help me.” But then he thought, what if God doesn’t send help? What if I am to die up here? Am I willing to trust God for any answer? Wonderfully and mysteriously, the Holy Spirit flooded Bill’s mind with verses to encourage his heart.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
John 17:11, 15 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Jude 1:1-2 To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: 2Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
Jude 1:24-25 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 56:3-4 When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.
Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings of eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.
God clearly promises protection and assurance to all who trust and believe in Him. There is only one thing that can stand in the way of His promises…our lack of faith. We have only to believe His promises and not faint. When all seems bleak, dark and hopeless, let us rise above what we see, and believe in His words of hope, protection and eternal salvation.
Today would not be Bill’s last one on earth as his friend, whom Bill chastised many times for being so cautious, notified the rescue team who discovered Bill on the ledge within an hour. The fog lifted during that time (could it have been the Lord?) and he was easily seen on the ledge, just below his hiking trail.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.