After promising to “pour out so much blessing” in Malachi 3:10, God makes an even greater promise to His people. “‘I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,’ says the LORD Almighty” (Malachi 3:11). This is a promise of protection from God.
Again, it is not the only occurrence of such a promise in Scripture. In 2 Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, promises the Thessalonians, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one” (3:3). When you feel threatened and weak in the face of temptation and fear, remember that not even the evil strategies of the enemy are successful since God has promised to protect you!
In 2 Corinthians, Paul, again inspired by the Holy Spirit, reminds us, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (4:8-9). Even the hardest and darkest times cannot leave us hopeless!
I have always loved the honesty of the Bible. We will face hard times, but we will not be crushed! We will be perplexed and confused but we will not despair! We will be struck down but we will not be destroyed!
When you feel that your back is against the wall and you may be down for the count, remember that God is on your side! He will protect you even in the darkest, most difficult moments. God does not promise that life will never get tough. His promise is better than that. It’s more real than that. Life will get tough, but in those moments, we can remember that our God protects us, saves us, and desires to bless us. Our God is good all the time!