I had a commercial-worthy event happen to me recently.
I was enjoying a relaxing day beside a crystal-clear river in Western Montana (Little Blackfoot River). The sun was shining, the water was glistening, the birds were chirping…and the bugs were annoying.
So, being prepared for this, I pulled out my trusty can of bug protector (deflector?) and sprayed myself, my chair, my clothes…well, you get the idea. Yep, I was good to go.
As I sat back in my oh-so-comfy lounge chair, I happened to look up. There, above me ten feet or so, circled a lot of bugs.
I thought about how well my bug spray was doing its’ job. It was like I was inside a protecting bubble, looking out at all those bugs just waiting for an opportunity to attack (can you see it in your head? It would make an awesome commercial—please contact me if you’re in the advertising business. I will gladly go back to that location to recreate the event!!)
That bubble of protection got me thinking about God. Through His grace, I am protected from an eternity in hell. Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, I am protected from an abundance of bad decisions by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Here’s the difference between the bug spray bubble and the God bubble: eventually, the bug spray bubble pops. The bugs find their way in. My protection is gone—until I make another spray of me and my area (which as I wrote this—I just did!!). It’s a constant re-apply—it doesn’t last long.
Contrast that with my God bubble. Once I accept Jesus as my Savior, my “heaven bubble” is set. No more checking to see if it still “works.” I am firmly set in Jesus’ hands for all eternity—John 10:28 says, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand..” With Jesus as my Lord, the Holy Spirit lives in me, guiding me in decisions and every day life. Yes, there are times when I choose not to listen to His wisdom—but He never leaves me or stops giving me the words I need. Hear the words from John 14:16: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate (the Holy Spirit) to help you and be with you forever.” My Holy Spirit bubble never pops.
Notice, my friend, that I didn’t say my God bubble protects me from temptation, satan’s attacks, or difficult times. My human heart would love that to be the case. I do know, however, that God will not allow me to be tempted by more than I can handle.
I certainly cannot expect to be exempt from satan’s attacks—even the Son of God was attacked and tempted; Matthew 4:1 shows us, “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” And we think we have difficult times? So did the apostles and early believers—they were spreading Jesus fame everywhere and were not immune to hard times (Acts 17:6 says, “These men who have caused trouble all over the world,” and Acts 24:5 reads, “We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world.”) We will have troubles as Jesus said in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble.” Look my friend, at the second part of this verse: “But take heart! I (Jesus) have overcome the world.” That, my sweet, is where the God bubble truly kicks in. We, as children of God, are victorious at the end—maybe not always in ways we can see here on earth, but the final victory awaits.
So today, enjoy life in your God bubble. Stop looking outside at earthly things, wanting them or believing they will satisfy. Thank God for His protection, for keeping your safe from so many dangers and temptations. And stand strong. Like the bugs outside my bug bubble waiting to attack, our enemy will take even the smallest window of opportunity and use it to shake your faith–remember John 10:10a–“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…”
Stand tall, and tell your enemy, STAY OFF! You are protected by the Almighty God!!
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