deliver [natsal] their soul [nephesh] from
death [maveth], and to keep them alive [chayah] in famine [ra`ab]. KJV-Interlinear
19 that he
may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. ESV
Death refers to physical death, not spiritual death. And famine is one of the most cruel difficulties that can be experienced in life.
But the world is filled with adversaries. Whether they be from the world or nature itself, or due to people, or due to governments, or due to organizations, there is no shortage of obstacles, any one of which can bring an end to your life.
Of all of the things that sit in opposition to you, there are four fundamental obstacles.
The first is from your own thoughts. The quality of your thoughts depends on what you allow into your soul, or what you prevent for getting into your soul. What you think is what you are. And what you think depends on what you learn or experience in life. If you learn Bible doctrine, then you are on a good path. If you are indifferent toward Bile doctrine, then your path is not so good.
The second obstacle comes from other people. People can be brutal, vindictive, criminal, self-righteous, gossips, and so forth. The tongue and actions of others can bring hardship into your life.
The third major obstacle comes from bureaucracy. Whether government or business or clubs or social structures, bureaucracy affords a shield or veil behind which people can hide or melt into, avoiding responsibility and accountability, as they give you a difficult time.
The fourth major obstacle comes from natural events. And this can include anything from poor genetics and handicaps, to major storms, to accidents, to disease, and so forth. These things can take you down in a heartbeat and they can last for a long time, or all of your life. They can come upon you from your own habits, like smoking and cancer, or from events that are beyond your control, like a lightning strike on your head.
But in all of it, God is there. And He can protect you from the difficulties of life and sustain you when times are tough, as well as protect you from events that would normally bring death, like a military assault on a beach against horrendous odds.
And since most of us will not be charging against enemy fire on a beach landing, we all will face problems socially, economically, physically, and so forth. God is always there to see us through.
More often than not, we will want more, but this is the devils world and God works His will through it all, despite the evils of this world.
One day life will be perfect. That will be in eternity.
But for now, there is no perfection in this world and it should not be expected. That would be unreasonable.
But God is always there, and we should look to Him, and not to our problems.
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