11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Psalm 91:11-12 (NKJV)
Welcome to my series in Psalm 91. We have come to the part where Satan quoted to Jesus when he asked Jesus to jump over the cliff. Jesus replied that you shall not tempt God. This means the above verses will not stop people from committing suicide. God loves you and wants to provide the best for you. At the same time, he has great respect for you as an individual. He will never force his will on you no matter how good it is. If you choose to commit suicide, he will try his best to persuade you but he will never send his angels to physically stop you.
In Verse 11, God has assigned angels for us. Their purpose is to keep us in our ways. Please note that it does not mean the angels are working like secret police, spying on us and make sure we toe the line. The phase “keep you in all your ways” refers to protection from harm. God does not use secret police like the dictators. He respects our individual freedom. We can choose to disobey him if we want without fearing being arrested by the angels and tortured.
How are the angels going to keep us in all our ways? Verse 12 tells us the answer. They bear us up with their hands. They must be very strong. The result is, we will not even dash our feet against a stone.
The bottom line is, we are not on our own. Even if you are all alone right now, you are not on your own. God has send angels to protect you. They are on your side. They are your friends. You can never be truly lonely again. They are the equivalent of Secret Service agents to the President of the United States. I would like to remind you again that these folks are not Gestapo (or any form of secret police). They are not here to spy on you and report all your wrongdoings or sins to God so that on Judgement Day God will have all the evidence to fry you. The angels are on your side. By the way, have you heard of a Secret Service agent testifying against any president?
Now that we have learned of the angels, let us go to the application. As I have mentioned many times before, this is not a Bible appreciation blog. There are many reasons why people read the Bible. Some read it because it is a religious requirement and some may read it like a literature. As for me, I read it for application. The Bible is an engineering book. It is to be used. Let us use what we have learned.
Now that we know we have angels guarding our ways, how should we live our lives from now on? The answer is boldly. We should always look forward and reach for the sky. Have you heard of a saying: The higher you climb, the harder you fall? If you adopt that, you will never climb very high. Why? You are afraid of falling. The fear of falling will paralyze you and prevent you from rising. You will never get anywhere.
Thank God for sending angels to charge over us. If we are to fall, we have angels to hold us up. Our feet will not dash against the stone. So, whatever desires God has placed in your heart, go and do it. Do not allow the fear of failing to stop you from fulfilling your hearts desire.
How about those who tried and failed? Stand up, brush off the dust and move on. Just because you have failed before, it does not mean you must fail again. God has never made this law. In fact the opposite is true. Many people who are rich and successful today had failed many times before they achieve success.
Have you heard of the story of KFC? A retired army officer started a restaurant beside a highway. One day, the government diverted the traffic and the restaurant had to close down. The owner had lost everything except his determination to excel. He went from restaurant to restaurant offering them his secret recipe for fried chicken in return for a percentage of their income from the chicken. He was turned down more than 1,000 times. Finally, one restaurant owner said yes and the result is today’s KFC.
What is the message here? Do not allow obstacles to stop you from realizing your dreams. Obstacles can be in the form of present problems or imaginary ones like the one on “The higher you climb, the harder you fall.” Whatever they are, God has sent angels to guard over you. Be determined to live boldly from now on and you will see the will of God manifesting in your life.