Friday, August 21, 2009

Protection from What?

In Bible study Wednesday night, dad spoke about different prayers in the Bible. One of the prayers we read was Jesus' prayer while he was in the garden just before He was crucified. He was praying for His disciples when He said, "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." John 17:11.

My mom then said that when He said "protect," He must have meant spiritually, because all of the disciples were martyred except John who was exiled to an island. I began to think about that. I do feel like the Lord chooses to protect us physically at times. However, He cares the most about our spiritual health. Even if we need to go through something physically in order to get closer to the Lord, it's worth it to Him.

The most important thing in the whole world to Him is our relationship with Him. We are so human that we cannot help but think in the physical. To the Lord, the physical is a far second from the spiritual. Is this what He means when He says to "seek first His kingdom?" Is He saying, "Get your mind off of the physical and start dwelling on the spiritual?" Sometimes I apologize to the Lord for being so human. I get so distracted by the things of this world that I cannot see past it. I cannot wait until the day when I will see Him face to face and not be inhibited by my physical nature!