No matter their age, we watch over our children whenever possible hoping to protect them from life's hurts. If there was a way to watch them 24 hours a day, seven days a week and keep them safe, we would. A difficult realization for parents is that this isn't possible. I tell these particular stories to share my favorite Bible verses.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:3-4 NKJ
Israel's terrain was very rocky and unsteady, but the Psalmist realized God steadies his foot. The Living Bible says, He will never let me stumble, slip, or fall. If he will not allow my foot to be moved, why am I tripping, slipping, stumbling and falling so often? Why isn't my walk continually steady? To keep children from falling, loving parents carry them, hold their hand, give them rules to follow, issue a warning, and eventually tell them NO, but sometimes they don't want to be carried, hold hands, follow rules, heed the warning, or hear the word NO. God doesn't allow, consent, our fall. We let go. Sometimes, however, we're pushed by others. Whatever the reason for our fall, His hand is there to steady us again.
Some translations use "watch over" instead of "keep," but I like keep.
I like this. I'll keep it.
He's a keeper.
I can't give this away; it's a keepsake.
Keep this somewhere safe.
My grandmother used to say she was keeping house. She was taking care of it.God keeps me. He keeps you. He's awake and gives us a warning when we climb in our yellow chairs and reach for the knife that He knows will hurt. He doesn't sleep when we wonder off in the cold. If we ask Him to go with us, hold our hand, carry us, He will. If we go unprotected, if we don't heed His warning, if we let go of His hand and stumble, He's awake to pick us up when we ask.
I'm a big fan of naps and an even bigger fan of a full 8 hours at night even though I can't keep anyone or any situation when I'm asleep. After 18 years, I still think about what could have happened to Luke while I slumbered. Maybe this is the reason these are my favorite verses. I know He doesn't want me to fall; in fact, He is my firm foundation. I know instead of slumbering, He's keeping me.
He who keeps you is not asleep,